Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections and high risk behaviors among women who have referred to a de-addiction center in Kermanshah


Fariba Teimouri 1 , Nourosadat Kariman 1 , * , Feizollah Mansouri 2 , Mansour Rezaei 3


1 Dept. of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Dept. of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

3 Dept. of Biostatistics, School of Health, Kermanshah university of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran


Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 15 (5); e79029
Published Online: January 19, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: January 10, 2011
Accepted: May 17, 2011




Background: Drug addiction is one of the social health problems at the present century. The high risk sexual behaviors as well as drug abusing are factors of sexually transmitted infections. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections and high risk behaviors among women who have referred to a de-addiction center.

Methods: In this descriptive study, 76 women who have referred to Niloofar de-addiction center in Kermanshah-Western Iran, were recruited using convenience sampling method. Questionnaire was completed by all subjects and blood sample were taken to determine Hepatitis B, Syphilis, and Herpes simplex virus infection. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t- test, Chi-2 and the Fisher exact test.

Results: The mean age of women was 35.22±0.99 year. 51.3% of subjects were illiterate and 48.7% were supported by social welfare system. There were not common needle using and multiple sexual contacts in the subjects. None of the subjects had positive test for hepatitis B and syphilis but HSV antibody was determined in 91.6% of subjects.

Conclusion: In this study, high-risk behaviors and sexually transmitted diseases were less than expected. This study was carried out in a state governmental clinic, future studies in different populations of addicted women referred to prison and private sectors are recommended.


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