Dowe, Gwendolyn; King, S. D.; Smikle, Monica ; Wynter, Hugh H.; Chout, Roger; Klaskala, W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Microbiology; Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
Prevalence of viral and bacterial sexually transmitted pathogens in Jamaican pregnant women.
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Discusses an investigation into the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Treponema pallidum, human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-I), human T cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections in 200 pregnant women attending antenatal clinics at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Nineteen percent of the women had a least one pathogen: C. trachomatis was found in 16%, HTLV-I in 2%, HIV-I, HBV and N. gonorrhoeae each in 0.5%. C. trachomatis infection was more prevalent in women less than 20 years of age (31%) than in those 20 years older (16 %; OR = 0.43; c2= 5.66; p<0.05). The study demonstrates the need for identification of sexually transmitted pathogens in antenatal women for syndromic management of genital infections as part of the strategy for prevention and control of HIV/AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) in Jamaica.....