Sexually transmitted infections in long distance truck drivers

J Commun Dis. 2000 Sep;32(3):212-5.

Abstract

A study was undertaken in 670 long distance truck drivers to investigate prevalence of sexually transmitted infections--STI (HIV infection, syphilis, hepatitis-B infection and gonorrhoea) in Nagpur City, Central India. Standard laboratory procedures were followed for carrying out investigations i.e. ELISA for HIV infection, VDRL for syphilis, RPHA for hepatitis-B infection and gram staining for gonorrhoea. A total of 293 (43.7%) subjects had one or more sign/symptoms suggestive of STIs. The prevalence of HIV infection, syphilis, hepatitis-B infection and gonorrhoea was observed to be 15.2%, 21.9%, 5.1% and 6.7% respectively. In conclusion, this study recognized that long distance truck drivers were at high risk for getting STIs including HIV infection.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Gonorrhea / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • Hepatitis B / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupations
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Syphilis / epidemiology
  • Transportation