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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.

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

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