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McDonnell, RJ and McDonnell, PM and O'Neill, M and Mulcahy, Fiona (1998) Health risk profile of prostitutes in Dublin. International Journal of STD & AIDS , 9 , pp. 485-488.

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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.

Item Type:Article
Call No:MM22.4, GA2, VH4.2
Page Range:pp. 485-488
Publisher:Royal Society of Medicine Press
Keywords:Dublin, hepatitis B, HIV infection, intravenous drug user, prostitute, prostitution, state of health
Accession Number:HRB 1531 (Available)
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Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health
MM-MO Crime and law > Vice crime > prostitution
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin

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