Syphilis serology in HIV-positive and HIV-negative Nigerians: The public health significance

Uneke Jesse, Chigozie and Ogbu, Ogbonnaya and Alo, Moses and Ariom, Thaddeus (2006) Syphilis serology in HIV-positive and HIV-negative Nigerians: The public health significance. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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Syphilis has acquired new potential for morbidity and mortality through association with increased risk for HIV infection. Case-control survey was conducted using Rapid Plasma Reagin test and confirmatory Immunochromatographic test among HIV-positive (cases) and HIV-negative (control) Nigerians. A total of 35(14.0%) of 250 HIV-positive and 5(2.0%) of 250 HIV-negative individuals studied were seropositive for syphilis, the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). The prevalence was higher among females than males of HIV-positive (15.0% versus 12.7%) and of the HIV-negative (2.1% versus 1.9%) individuals. Syphilis seroprevalence was highest among HIV-positive individuals aged 21-30 years (20.5%) and 41-50 years old HIV-negative individuals (4.5%). Sex education, promotion of safer sexual behaviour, prompt diagnosis of STDs and provision of effective, accessible treatment are recommended

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:Syphilis, Treponema pallidum, HIV, Seroprevalence
Subjects:JOURNALS > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
ID Code:5169
Deposited By:Kakkilaya Bevinje, Dr. Srinivas
Deposited On:25 Sep 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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