Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men in Zagreb, Croatia

Božičević, Ivana and Đaković Rode, Oktavija and Židovec Lepej, Snježana and Grazina Johnston, Lisa and Štulhofer, Aleksandar and Dominković, Zoran and Baćak, Valerio and Lukas, Davorka and Begovac, Josip (2009) Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men in Zagreb, Croatia. AIDS and behavior, 13 (2). pp. 303-309. ISSN 1090-7165 (Print) 1573-3254 (Electronic)

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We used respondent-driven sampling among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Zagreb, Croatia in 2006 to investigate the prevalence of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and sexual behaviours. We recruited 360 MSM. HIV infection was diagnosed in 4.5%. The seroprevalence of antibodies to viral pathogens was: herpes simplex virus type-2, 9.4%; hepatitis A, 14.2%; hepatitis C, 3.0%. Eighty percent of participants were susceptible to HBV infection (HBs antigen negative, and no antibodies to HBs and HBc antigen). Syphilis seroprevalence was 10.6%. Prevalence of Chlamydia and gonorrhoea was 9.0%, and 13.2%, respectively. Results indicate the need for interventions to diagnose, treat and prevent sexually transmitted infections among this population.

Item Type: Article
MeSH: Croatia/epidemiology ; Data Collection ; HIV Infections/epidemiology ; Hepatitis B/epidemiology ; Hepatitis C/epidemiology ; Homosexuality, Male/statistics & numerical data ; Humans ; Male ; Prevalence ; Risk Factors ; Risk-Taking ; Sexual Behavior/statistics & numerical data ; Sexual Partners ; Sexually Transmitted Diseases/epidemiology ; Sexually Transmitted Diseases/transmission ; Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral/prevention & control ; Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral/transmission ; Syphilis/epidemiology
Departments: Katedra za infektologiju
Depositing User: Boris Čičovački
Status: Published
Božičević, IvanaUNSPECIFIED
Đaković Rode, OktavijaUNSPECIFIED
Židovec Lepej, SnježanaUNSPECIFIED
Grazina Johnston, LisaUNSPECIFIED
Štulhofer, AleksandarUNSPECIFIED
Dominković, ZoranUNSPECIFIED
Date: April 2009
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2011 11:32
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