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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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EL GHRARI, K. et al. Prevalence of syphilis and HIV infection in female prisoners in Morocco. East. Mediterr. health j. [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.4, pp. 774-779. ISSN 1020-3397.

We studied the prevalence of syphilis and HIV infection in 217 female prisoners at Oukacha prison, Casablanca and associated risk factors. The mean age was 32.0 years and mean length of imprisonment 22.8 months. As regards risk factors, 9% of the women said they used condoms, homosexuality was not admitted, 1.8% were intravenous drug users and the average number of sexual partners was 5.17. Fifty-one women (23%) were positive for syphilis and 4 (2%) were HIV-positive. Multivariate analysis found that being married was protective (OR = 0.75, 95% CI: 0.57-0.97), while high number of partners was a positive risk factor (OR = 2, 95% CI: 1.2-3.51).

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