Community based study of treatment seeking among subjects with symptoms of sexually transmitted disease in rural Uganda

L. A. Paxton, N. Kiwanuka, F. Nalugoda, Ronald H Gray, Maria J Wawer

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This paper presents a community based study of treatment seeking among people with symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in rural Uganda. The effects of asymptomatic infections and treatment seeking behavior on control of sexually transmitted disease were quantified. The study suggests that treating only individuals with STD symptoms results in only a small proportion of the infected population being reached. This situation leads to fewer people receiving effective health care. Thus, STD control programs in medically underserved populations must take into account the prevalence of asymptomatic infections and the health related practices of people with STDs symptoms to design strategies for reducing transmission of these diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1630-1631
Number of pages2
JournalBMJ (Online)
Volume317
Issue number7173
StatePublished - Dec 12 1998

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Uganda
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Asymptomatic Infections
Therapeutics
Behavior Control
Vulnerable Populations
Delivery of Health Care
Health
Population

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Community based study of treatment seeking among subjects with symptoms of sexually transmitted disease in rural Uganda. / Paxton, L. A.; Kiwanuka, N.; Nalugoda, F.; Gray, Ronald H; Wawer, Maria J.

In: BMJ (Online), Vol. 317, No. 7173, 12.12.1998, p. 1630-1631.

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