Low prevalences of HIV infection and sexually transmitted disease among female commercial sex workers in Mexico City

Am J Public Health. 1997 Jun;87(6):1012-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.87.6.1012.


Objectives: This study tried to determine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevalences among female commercial sex workers in Mexico City.

Methods: A sampling frame was constructed that included bars, massage parlors, and street corners.

Results: Prevalences for Treponema pallidum, herpes simplex virus type 2, HIV, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Chlamydia trachomatis were 6.4%, 65%, 0.6%, 3.7%, and 11.1%, respectively. A significant association was found between higher STD frequencies and working at street sites.

Conclusions: Most STD frequencies were lower in comparison with rates found for female sex workers in other countries. However, preventive programs against STD/ HIV are needed in this population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Mexico / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Work / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*