A study of morbidity pattern among prostitutes attending a municipal clinic in Pune.

A. C. Urmil, P. K. Dutta, K. Basappa, S. S. Ganguly

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The findings of the present study revealed that out of 200 prostitutes attending a clinic for various ailments, 81.50% were suffering from sexually transmitted diseases (STD) thus posing a potential risk of transmitting these diseases to their clients. Syphilis was found to be the commonest STD afflicting 36.80% of the respondents, the next common being the chancroid (31.28%); 5.52% of the respondents were found to be suffering from concomitant venereal infections. The other important communicable diseases with which some respondents were found to be afflicted, included--tinea infection (3 cases), scabies (2 cases), leprosy (2 cases), pulmonary tuberculosis (4 cases) and upper respiratory tract infection [3 cases). Thus, the prostitutes remain an undisputed potential source of infection not only of STDs but also several other communicable diseases. Therefore, their continuous surveillance, early diagnosis, appropriate treatment and subsequent follow-up should be meticulously carried out. On the other hand the public, particularly the sexually promiscuous individuals must be imparted vigorous health education to avoid exposure to this source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-31
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Indian Medical Association
Volume87
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1989

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Sex Workers
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Morbidity
Communicable Diseases
Infection
Chancroid
Scabies
Tinea
Leprosy
Syphilis
Health Education
Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Respiratory Tract Infections
Early Diagnosis
Surveys and Questionnaires
Therapeutics

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A study of morbidity pattern among prostitutes attending a municipal clinic in Pune. / Urmil, A. C.; Dutta, P. K.; Basappa, K.; Ganguly, S. S.

In: Journal of the Indian Medical Association, Vol. 87, No. 2, 02.1989, p. 29-31.

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