SEROPREVALENCE OF SYPHILIS IN PATIENTS ATTENDING STI CLINIC OF TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA

Vukkadala Nivedita Devi, Panem Nazier, Boina Kinnera

Abstract


Syphilis is one of the major sexually transmitted infections which is showing a raising trend across the globe.The aim of
the study is to study the prevalence of syphilis among STD clinic attendees of Government General Hospital, Kakinada
from January 2019 to December 2019.
Materials and methods: This was a prospective observational study of one-year duration. The prevalence of syphilis among STI patients, their
demographic profile, and sexual behaviour patterns were analysed.
Results: Among 835 STI clinic attendies, 35 patients were diagnosed to have syphilis showing a prevalence of 4.19%. Among 33 cases who
accepted sexual exposure, all had practised unsafe sex. The major presenting complaint of these patients was skin rashes (20%-7 cases out of 35)
Conclusion: There is a rising trend of syphilis seen among STI clinic attendees after 2005 in our institute. The current study shows that syphilis
incidence is increasing in high-risk communities like MSM and FSW.


Keywords


Syphilis, STD clinic, MSM

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