Motorcycle taxi drivers and sexually transmitted infections in a Peruvian Amazon City

Sex Transm Dis. 2001 Jan;28(1):11-3. doi: 10.1097/00007435-200101000-00004.


Background: In Iquitos, Peru, motorcycle taxis are a common form of public transportation used both by residents and visitors.

Goal: To evaluate the prevalence of factors associated with sexually transmitted disease risk and of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infections among motorcycle taxi drivers working in Iquitos, Peru.

Study design: A convenience sample of motorcycle taxi drivers was recruited through street outreach. Participants were confidentially interviewed and provided urine specimens for gonococcal and chlamydial infection testing.

Results: A history of sexually transmitted disease (62%) or symptoms in the past year (35%) and of referral of clients to commercial sex workers (60%) was common. The prevalence of gonococcal or chlamydial infection was 3.5%.

Conclusions: Motorcycle taxi drivers are a major means of public transportation in Iquitos, Peru, have high personal risks for sexually transmitted disease, and interface often with at-risk persons.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Chlamydia Infections / epidemiology*
  • Chlamydia Infections / prevention & control
  • Gonorrhea / epidemiology*
  • Gonorrhea / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Vehicles*
  • Peru / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Work
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control
  • Urine / microbiology