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Prevalence and risk factors of syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus co-infection at a university hospital in Brazil

  • Santos, Alex Maurício Garcia
  • Souza Júnior, Valter Romão de
  • Melo, Fábio Lopes de
  • Aquino, Ana Emília Costa de Araújo
  • Ramos, Maria Olivia Aureliano
  • Araújo, Lucas Marinho
  • Lira, Celso Rodrigues de
  • sobral, Patrícia Maria
  • Figueiroa, François
  • Melo, Heloisa Ramos Lacerda de
  • Araújo, Paulo Sérgio Ramos de
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2018
Scientific Electronic Library Online - Brazil
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Abstract INTRODUCTION The incidence of syphilis has increased since the 1970s. METHODS This was a descriptive and analytical cross-sectional study with a non-probabilistic sample. RESULTS: Of 973 patients with human immunodeficiency virus, 179 (18.4%) tested positive for both human immunodeficiency virus and syphilis, 84.8% were men, 50.9% were aged between 36 and 50 years, 47.8% with syphilis were diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus for 10-20 years, and 40.3% received antiretroviral therapy for 10-20 years. CONCLUSIONS The prevalence of syphilis in patients with human immunodeficiency virus is higher than expected, making it urgent to adopt efficient public health measures.

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