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Sexual health knowledge and practices and STI/HIV prevalence among long-distance truck drivers in Peru

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dc.contributor.author García, Patricía J.
dc.contributor.author Fazio, Boris
dc.contributor.author Bayer, Angela M.
dc.contributor.author Lizarraga, Aldo G.
dc.contributor.author Chiappe, Marina
dc.contributor.author La Rosa, Sayda
dc.contributor.author Lazo, Marcela
dc.contributor.author López, Lorena
dc.contributor.author Valderrama, María
dc.contributor.author Cárcamo, César P.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-25T16:03:20Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-25T16:03:20Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12866/4756
dc.description.abstract Objectives: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections remain a challenge globally and many key groups have yet to be studied. Evidence shows that truck drivers may have high-risk behaviors and higher sexually transmitted infection/HIV prevalence because they are a highly mobile population. However, there is little to no information on this group in Peru. Therefore, we explored the sexual health knowledge and practices and carried out sexually transmitted infection/HIV testing among male truck drivers and their assistants in Peru. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study utilizing cell phone-based behavioral surveys and sexually transmitted infection testing, including HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, with truck drivers and their assistants who were traveling on two major international highways in Peru. Results: A total of 1150 truck drivers and assistants participated. Participants were middle-aged men (average age = 39.8 years), 96.0% had complete secondary education, 78.4% were in stable relationships, and 88.7% earned more than minimum wage. The majority were aware of sexually transmitted infections/HIV, but very few recognized sexually transmitted infection symptoms. Few participants (under 5%) reported recent sexually transmitted infection symptoms. Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections was also low: no one had gonorrhea; 0.1% had HIV; 0.4% had recent syphilis infection (rapid plasma reagin ≥1:8); and 2.0% had chlamydia. The prevalence of these diseases is not different from that of the general population in Peru. Conclusion: When compared to other truck drivers worldwide, Peruvian truck drivers appear to have a lower risk of HIV/sexually transmitted infections. This may be since Peruvian drivers are older, more educated, have higher income, and spend fewer days away from home than their peers globally. en_US
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartof urn:issn:2158-2440
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.es
dc.subject HIV en_US
dc.subject Peru en_US
dc.subject sexually transmitted infections en_US
dc.subject truck drivers en_US
dc.title Sexual health knowledge and practices and STI/HIV prevalence among long-distance truck drivers in Peru en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/2050312117746308
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.02.00 es_PE
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#6.00.00
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#5.00.00


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