Low prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in young women attending a youth counselling service in Maputo, Mozambique
Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa)
Objectives To determine the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a group of young women attending the Adolescent and Youth Friendly Service, in Maputo, Mozambique, and to evaluate their level of knowledge, practices and attitudes about STI. Methods A total of 445 women voluntarily participated in the study and filled in a self-administered knowledge, practices and attitudes (KAP) questionnaire; 435 of them underwent a laboratory examination for vaginosis, candidiasis, trichomoniasis, gonorrhoea, chlamydiosis, syphilis and HIV infection. Results Women had a high level of awareness and knowledge of STI and HIV. Candidiasis was the most prevalent reproductive tract infection (36%), followed by vaginosis (13%) and trichomoniasis (7.6%), and sexually transmitted diseases. HIV seroprevalence was 4%; 42% were negative in all tests. Conclusion The low prevalence of STI and HIV may be related in part to the high level of awareness registered in the group.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
Tropical Medicine & International Health
Colombo, M. M.
(2008). Low prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in young women attending a youth counselling service in Maputo, Mozambique. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 13(1), 17-20.
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