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GIORNALE ITALIANO DI DERMATOLOGIA E VENEREOLOGIA
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
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.