Motorcycle taxi drivers and sexually transmitted infections in a Peruvian Amazon City.

Paris M, Gotuzzo E, Goyzueta G, Aramburu J, Caceres CF, Crawford D, Castellano T, Vermund SH, Hook EW
Sex Transm Dis. 2001 28 (1): 11-3

PMID: 11196039 · DOI:10.1097/00007435-200101000-00004

BACKGROUND - In Iquitos, Peru, motorcycle taxis are a common form of public transportation used both by residents and visitors.

GOAL - To evaluate the prevalence of factors associated with sexually transmitted disease risk and of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infections among motorcycle taxi drivers working in Iquitos, Peru.

STUDY DESIGN - A convenience sample of motorcycle taxi drivers was recruited through street outreach. Participants were confidentially interviewed and provided urine specimens for gonococcal and chlamydial infection testing.

RESULTS - A history of sexually transmitted disease (62%) or symptoms in the past year (35%) and of referral of clients to commercial sex workers (60%) was common. The prevalence of gonococcal or chlamydial infection was 3.5%.

CONCLUSIONS - Motorcycle taxi drivers are a major means of public transportation in Iquitos, Peru, have high personal risks for sexually transmitted disease, and interface often with at-risk persons.

MeSH Terms (13)

Adolescent Adult Chlamydia Infections Gonorrhea Humans Interviews as Topic Middle Aged Motor Vehicles Peru Prevalence Sexually Transmitted Diseases Sex Work Urine

Connections (1)

This publication is referenced by other Labnodes entities: