Vaginal yeast colonization and promiscuity. A study of 197 prostitutes

Mycoses. Jul-Aug 1992;35(7-8):177-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0507.1992.tb00841.x.


In order to study the role of promiscuity in yeast colonization of the vagina we examined vaginal smears of 197 prostitutes. Forty-two (21%) showed yeast infection on culture, and Candida albicans was isolated in 93% of these cases. This rate is comparable to the rates in reports of large series of non-promiscuous women in the literature and does not suggest that promiscuity alone is a predisposing factor for vaginal yeast carriage. The rate of Candida infections was approximately the same in prostitutes taking oral contraceptives as in those not taking the pill (22 and 21%, respectively; P > 0.05). The prevalence of vaginal yeast colonization, however, was significantly higher in prostitutes under the age of 31 (30%) as compared with those over 30 (10%; P < 0.002), thus suggesting that women in the third decade of life are more prone to vaginal Candida infections than older age groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Austria / epidemiology
  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Work / statistics & numerical data*