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Asymptomatic gonorrhoea in women attending family planning clinics in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Results of a pilot study.
Trop Geogr Med. 1980 Dec; 32(4):329-32.TG

Abstract

In an attempt to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic gonorrhoea in women in Tanzania urban areas, 405 women attending family planning clinics in Dar es Salaam had cervical swabs cultured on a selective gonorrhoea medium for Neisseria gonorrhoea. Twenty-nine of them (7.1%) were found with the organism despite absence of symptoms of the disease at the time of screening. Twenty (69%) of those with N. gonorrhoea came back after two weeks for results and all were treated with a single dose of penicillin. Only four (13.8%) of their male contacts came forward for treatment. In view of this high prevalence rate, it is recommended that gonorrhoea and other sexually transmitted diseases be regarded as among the most prevalent communicable diseases in the country necessitating control measures. Consideration should be given to screening for gonorrhoea in antenatal and family planning clinics as is now the case for syphilis. The material cost of gonococcal screening per individual was estimated at 10 T shillings (US$ 1.25) which is well above the health ministry's capability.

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eng

PubMed ID

7210172

Citation

Mandara, N A., et al. "Asymptomatic Gonorrhoea in Women Attending Family Planning Clinics in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Results of a Pilot Study." Tropical and Geographical Medicine, vol. 32, no. 4, 1980, pp. 329-32.
Mandara NA, Takulia S, Kanyawana J, et al. Asymptomatic gonorrhoea in women attending family planning clinics in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Results of a pilot study. Trop Geogr Med. 1980;32(4):329-32.
Mandara, N. A., Takulia, S., Kanyawana, J., & Mhalu, F. (1980). Asymptomatic gonorrhoea in women attending family planning clinics in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Results of a pilot study. Tropical and Geographical Medicine, 32(4), 329-32.
Mandara NA, et al. Asymptomatic Gonorrhoea in Women Attending Family Planning Clinics in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Results of a Pilot Study. Trop Geogr Med. 1980;32(4):329-32. PubMed PMID: 7210172.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Asymptomatic gonorrhoea in women attending family planning clinics in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Results of a pilot study. AU - Mandara,N A, AU - Takulia,S, AU - Kanyawana,J, AU - Mhalu,F, PY - 1980/12/1/pubmed PY - 1980/12/1/medline PY - 1980/12/1/entrez KW - Africa KW - Africa South Of The Sahara KW - Age Factors KW - Developing Countries KW - Diseases KW - Eastern Africa KW - Education KW - English Speaking Africa KW - Examinations And Diagnoses KW - Infections KW - Laboratory Procedures KW - Marital Status KW - Parity KW - Pilot Projects KW - Reproductive Tract Infections KW - Research Methodology KW - Sexually Transmitted Diseases KW - Socioeconomic Status KW - Studies KW - Tanzania SP - 329 EP - 32 JF - Tropical and geographical medicine JO - Trop Geogr Med VL - 32 IS - 4 N2 - In an attempt to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic gonorrhoea in women in Tanzania urban areas, 405 women attending family planning clinics in Dar es Salaam had cervical swabs cultured on a selective gonorrhoea medium for Neisseria gonorrhoea. Twenty-nine of them (7.1%) were found with the organism despite absence of symptoms of the disease at the time of screening. Twenty (69%) of those with N. gonorrhoea came back after two weeks for results and all were treated with a single dose of penicillin. Only four (13.8%) of their male contacts came forward for treatment. In view of this high prevalence rate, it is recommended that gonorrhoea and other sexually transmitted diseases be regarded as among the most prevalent communicable diseases in the country necessitating control measures. Consideration should be given to screening for gonorrhoea in antenatal and family planning clinics as is now the case for syphilis. The material cost of gonococcal screening per individual was estimated at 10 T shillings (US$ 1.25) which is well above the health ministry's capability. SN - 0041-3232 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/7210172/Asymptomatic_gonorrhoea_in_women_attending_family_planning_clinics_in_Dar_es_Salaam_Tanzania__Results_of_a_pilot_study_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/gonorrhea.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -