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Research from University of Montreal Reveals New Findings on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Staff Writer


January 7, 2013



2013 JAN 7 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Fresh data on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are presented in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Montreal, Canada, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "In Bangladesh, male clients (MCs) of female sex workers (FSWs) represent diverse occupational categories from different socioeconomic strata, and they are considered a bridging group to transmit sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to their spousal and nonspousal female partners. This study aimed to better understand sexual behaviors, STI symptoms, and care-seeking behaviors among MCs of FSWs in Bangladesh."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Montreal, "A cross-sectional study was conducted among MCs from November 2005 to July 2006 in 3 types of sex trade settings in Bangladesh. Of 1565 MCs included in this study, 531 were from brothels, 515 from hotels, and 519 from street-based settings. Among the MCs, 32.2% reported having had STI symptoms within the last 1 year before the interview and 81.5% sought care for those symptoms. Among those who reported symptoms, 44.5% received treatment from pharmacies, 37.4% received treatment from qualified medical professionals, 8.6%, received treatment from nongovernment organization clinics, and 7.8% went to herbal providers. Male clients who had only 1 to 4 years of schooling were 2.4 times more likely to have STI symptoms (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 2.4; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.5-3.8) compared with the MCs having 10 or more years of schooling. The MCs who had sex with more than 3 nonmarital sexual partners in the last month were 2 times more likely to have STI symptoms (adjusted OR, 2.0; 95% CI, 1.4-2.8). The MCs who used condoms consistently in their non-marital sexual contacts were significantly less likely (adjusted OR, 0.4; 95% CI, 0.3-0.6) to have STI symptoms. Reported risk behaviors, STI symptoms and care-seeking behavior suggest that MCs are a potential risk group for transmission of HIV and STIs."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The study findings underscore the need to target HIV/STI prevention intervention for MCs, which are predominantly geared toward FSWs."

For more information on this research see: Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Care-Seeking Behaviors of Male Clients of Female Sex Workers in Bangladesh. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2012;39(12):979-984. Sexually Transmitted Diseases can be contacted at: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins - www.lww.com; Sexually Transmitted Diseases - journals.lww.com/stdjournal/pages/default.aspx)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Ahmed, University of Montreal, CRCHUM, Unite Sante Int, Montreal, PQ, Canada (see also Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)).

Keywords for this news article include: Quebec, Canada, Montreal, North and Central America, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

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