Sexually transmitted infections in women living in a prison in Lima, Peru

Authors

  • María del Carmen Garaycochea Instituto Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. Biólogo.
  • Raquel Pino Establecimiento Penitenciario Chorrillos I. Lima, Perú. médico cirujano.
  • Imelda Chávez Seguro Social de Salud (Essalud). Lima, Perú. médico cirujano.
  • José L. Portilla Instituto Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. Biólogo.
  • María L. Miraval Instituto Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. médico cirujano.
  • Evelyn Arguedas Establecimiento Penitenciario Chorrillos I. Lima, Perú. Biólogo.
  • Pamela Linares Establecimiento Penitenciario Chorrillos I. Lima, Perú. obstetriz.
  • Edwin Cabezudo Instituto Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. Biólogo.
  • Soledad Romero Instituto Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. Biólogo
  • Manuel Espinoza Instituto Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. médico cirujano.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2013.303.277

Keywords:

Sexually transmitted diseases, Prisons, Chlamydia trachomatis, Papanicolaou smears

Abstract

In order to determine the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in recluse women of Chorrillos Penitentiary I in the city of Lima, Peru, a cross-sectional study was performed, including a simple random sample of women between ages 18 and 54, from whom 180 serum samples and 168 samples of cervical and vaginal discharge were analyzed. The most prevalent etiologic agents identified from cervical and vaginal discharge samples were Chlamydia trachomatis in 42.3%, Gardnerella vaginalis in 24.4% and Trichomonas vaginalis in 10.1% and for serum samples the most prevalent were syphilis and HIV, both in 2.2%. We conclude that there is a high prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in recluse women of Chorrillos Penitentiary I in the city of Lima, Peru. There should be routine screenings established for diagnosis and treatment of STIs within the prison system and this population should be included in the sexual and reproductive health programs.

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Published

2014-03-11

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How to Cite

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Garaycochea M del C, Pino R, Chávez I, Portilla JL, Miraval ML, Arguedas E, et al. Sexually transmitted infections in women living in a prison in Lima, Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Mar. 11 [cited 2024 Jun. 12];30(3). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/277

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