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Sexually transmitted infections in HIV-infected people in Switzerland: cross-sectional study.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Sprenger Katharina, Evison John Marc, Zwahlen Marcel, Vogt Cedric M, Elzi Maria Verena, Hauser Christoph, Furrer Hansjakob, Low Nicola,
Project Swiss HIV Cohort Study (SHCS)
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal PeerJ
Volume (Issue) 2
Page(s) 537 - 537
Title of proceedings PeerJ
DOI 10.7717/peerj.537

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Sexually transmitted infections (STI) in HIV-infected people are of increasing concern. We estimated STI prevalence and sexual healthcare seeking behaviour in 224 sexually active HIV-infected people, including men who have sex with men (MSM, n = 112), heterosexual men (n = 65) and women (n = 47). Laboratory-diagnosed bacterial STI were more common in MSM (Chlamydia trachomatis 10.7%; 95% CI 6.2, 18.0%, lymphogranuloma venereum 0.9%; 95% CI 0.1, 6.2%, Neisseria gonorrhoeae 2.7%; 95% CI 0.9, 8.0%, syphilis seroconversion 5.4%; 95% CI 2.0, 11.3%) than heterosexual men (gonorrhoea 1.5%; 95% CI 0.2, 10.3%) or women (no acute infections). Combined rates of laboratory-diagnosed and self-reported bacterial STI in the year before the study were: MSM (27.7%; 95% CI 21.1, 36.7%); heterosexual men (1.5%; 95% CI 0.2, 10.3%); and women (6.4%; 95% CI 2.1, 21.0%). Antibodies to hepatitis C virus were least common in MSM. Antibodies to herpes simplex type 2 virus were least common in heterosexual men. Most MSM, but not heterosexual men or women, agreed that STI testing should be offered every year. In this study, combined rates of bacterial STI in MSM were high; a regular assessment of sexual health would allow those at risk of STI to be offered testing, treatment and partner management.