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A Journal on Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 1999 February;134(1):11-5

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Sexually trans­mit­ted dis­eas­es ­among for­eign­ers in Bologna

D'Antuono A., De Tommaso S., Calderoni O., Negosanti M.

Università degli Studi - Bologna, Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica Specialistica e Sperimentale, Sezione di Dermatologia

Background. The ­increase of immi­gra­tion to our coun­try led us to close­ly ­study sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­eas­es in ­this pop­u­la­tion.
Methods. Between January 1992 and May 1997 in the cen­ter for sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­eas­es locat­ed in Bologna, 316 for­eign ­patients affect­ed ­with sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­eas­es or request­ing spe­cif­ic ­exams con­cern­ing sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­eas­es ­have ­been treat­ed. The cen­ter is ­open to the pub­blic eve­ry morn­ing on work­ing ­days, an appoint­ment is not nec­es­sary and vis­its are ­free or ­charge for ­both cit­i­zens and for­eign­ers.
Results. The ­data col­lect­ed ­shows ­that 67.4% of ­patients are ­males, ­amongst ­these the ­most fre­quent sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­ease is gonococcal urethritis (21.4%). Females rep­re­sent 32.6%, ­amongst ­these the ­most fre­quent sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­ease is non gon­o­coc­cal cervico-vaginitis (32.7%). Most ­males ­screened are of Maroccan nation­al­ity and in ­this com­mu­nity the ­most fre­quent sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­ease is gonococcal urethritis; con­dom is rare­ly ­used. Women are most­ly of Russian nation­al­ity, the sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­ease ­most fre­quent­ly ­observed is non gon­o­coc­cal cervico-vaginitis; con­dom is fre­quent­ly ­used. There are 5 HIV pos­i­tive cas­es.
Conclusions. It is of ­great val­ue to ­keep up to ­date ­with any vari­a­tions of epi­dem­i­olog­i­cal ­trends in ­this pop­u­la­tion. This ­enables us to be con­stant­ly ­adjourned on diag­nos­tic pro­to­cols and ther­a­py, and to eval­u­ate the ade­qua­cy and access­ibil­ity of san­i­tary ser­vic­es ­offered. Moreover, ­these ­data are use­ful to pre­vent sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­eas­es and HIV infec­tion.

language: Italian


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