Comparative rates of sexually transmitted diseases among heterosexual men, homosexual men, and heterosexual women

Stephen L. Short, Douglas L. Stockman, Steven M. Wolinsky, Mary Anne Trupei, Julie Moore, Richard C. Reichman*

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Abstract

The prevalences of several sexually transmitted diseases (STD) among patients attending a public STD clinic were determined in a prospective study. Rates of gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, trichomoniasis, nongonococcal urethritis, pediculosis pubis, scabies, and venereal warts were ascertained according to sex, sexual preference, and race. Numbers of cases of diseases not routinely reported to most public health agencies exceeded numbers of cases of diseases that are routinely reported. Rates of gonorrhea were higher among men than among women and higher among blacks than among whites. Syphilis was most common among homosexual men. Trichomoniasis was three times more frequent among blacks than among whites. Rates of nongonococcal urethritis among heterosexual men were almost twice those among homosexual men. Whites were more likely than blacks to have pediculosis pubis, scabies, and venereal warts. STD not routinely reported to most public health agencies are commonly seen in public clinics, and rates vary according to sex, sexual preference, and race.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-274
Number of pages4
JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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