Acceptability and feasibility of testing for sexually transmitted infections among pregnant women in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Richard Lau*, Rula Eskander, Mubarak Al-Yaqoobi, Zeyana Al-Habsi, Ali Elgalib, Samir Shah, Maha Al-Fouri, Bader Al-Rawahi, Seif Al-Abri

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Abstract

There are currently no reliable epidemiological data for estimating the burden of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Oman. STIs such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia are often asymptomatic and associated with sexual and reproductive morbidity. An exploratory study was conducted in an antenatal clinic in Muscat, Oman, to assess the acceptability and feasibility of testing for gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Two hundred and twenty-one women were recruited over 14 weeks between July and October 2020. There were three cases of chlamydia (3/221, 1.36%); no cases of gonorrhoea were identified. Acceptability and feasibility for testing in this cohort of pregnant women were good despite anticipated cultural sensitivities surrounding sexually transmitted infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-820
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume32
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • chlamydia
  • Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Oman
  • pregnant women
  • Sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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