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AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 303-309

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Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Zagreb, Croatia

  • Ivana BozicevicAffiliated withAndrija Stampar School of Public Health Email author 
  • , Oktavija Dakovic RodeAffiliated withUniversity Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr Fran Mihaljevic”
  • , Snjezana Zidovec LepejAffiliated withUniversity Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr Fran Mihaljevic”
  • , Lisa Grazina JohnstonAffiliated withDepartment of International Health & Development, Center for Global Health Equity, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • , Aleksandar StulhoferAffiliated withFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • , Zoran DominkovicAffiliated withNon-governmental Organization
  • , Valerio BacakAffiliated withFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • , Davorka LukasAffiliated withUniversity Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr Fran Mihaljevic”
  • , Josip BegovacAffiliated withUniversity Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr Fran Mihaljevic”

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Abstract

We used respondent-driven sampling among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Zagreb, Croatia in 2006 to investigate the prevalence of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and sexual behaviours. We recruited 360 MSM. HIV infection was diagnosed in 4.5%. The seroprevalence of antibodies to viral pathogens was: herpes simplex virus type-2, 9.4%; hepatitis A, 14.2%; hepatitis C, 3.0%. Eighty percent of participants were susceptible to HBV infection (HBs antigen negative, and no antibodies to HBs and HBc antigen). Syphilis seroprevalence was 10.6%. Prevalence of Chlamydia and gonorrhoea was 9.0%, and 13.2%, respectively. Results indicate the need for interventions to diagnose, treat and prevent sexually transmitted infections among this population.

Keywords

HIV STI Men who have sex with men Respondent-driven sampling Sexual behaviours