Sexually transmissible infections among illegal female sex workers in Israel

Julie G. Cwikel, Tal Lazer, Fernanda Press, Simcha Lazer

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Abstract

Due to the mobile and clandestine nature of those who enter a country illegally, female sex workers (FSWs) who are working without papers or work permits often have no access to sexual health care. This study reports on the sexually transmissible infection (STI) prevalence among a sample of 43 sex workers working illegally. Brothel workers from republics of the Former Soviet Union (FSU), working in two locales in Israel were tested for the presence of eight pathogens and the presence of pathology by Pap smear. Of these brothel workers, 48.8% had at least one positive STI result, 14% had two STIs and one woman had three STIs. There were no cases of HIV, gonorrhoea or malignancy detected; high rates of ureaplasma (26.8%) and chlamydia were found (16.7%). Four cases of hepatitis C (9%) and three cases of hepatitis B (7%) and mycoplasma (7%) were detected. There was no relationship between reported symptoms and the detection of STIs. The level of STIs is high among this population of FSWs and it is imperative to develop more accessible health services for these women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-303
Number of pages3
JournalSexual Health
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Nov 2006

Keywords

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

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