Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Prostitutes in Moshi and Arusha, Northern Tanzania

W. M.M.M. Nkya, S. H. Gillespie, W. Howlett, C. Nyamuryekunge, C. Assenga, B. Nyombi

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Sexually transmitted diseases are thought to be important in facilitating transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. This study reports the prevalence of several sexually transmitted diseases in 106 prostitutes in Arusha and Moshi Northern Tanzania. The seroprevalence of HIV was 73% compared with 3% for local blood donors. Over half (51%) of the subjects had evidence of N. gonorrhoeae infection. Seventy-four per cent had a positive TPHA and 27% a positive RPR. Of 47 subjects tested 12 (25%) had Chlamydia trachomatis antigen detected in endocervical swabs. No significant statistical association was found between the presence of any of the STDs investigated and HIV seropositivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-435
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991


  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • seroprevalence
  • syphilis


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