Health risk profile of prostitutes in Dublin

Int J STD AIDS. 1998 Aug;9(8):485-8. doi: 10.1258/0956462981922557.


This study examined the health risk profile of prostitutes in Dublin. Clinical records of all 150 new prostitutes who attended a drop-in clinic for prostitutes in Dublin city during the period 1991-1997 were reviewed. Variables examined included: age, use of injectable drugs, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status, hepatitis B and C status, presence of sexually transmitted disease (STD), cervical cytology. Results showed the mean age of the women was 32 years. Among those tested, 2.5% were HIV positive, 5% were hepatitis B positive, 8% were hepatitis C positive and 25% had an STD. Almost 8% were injecting drug users (IDU) with higher prevalences of HIV, hepatitis B and C compared with non-IDU (P < 0.001). The clinic has been successful in providing a health-care facility for the specific health needs of this patient cohort.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contraception
  • Female
  • HIV Infections
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Work*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Smoking