High prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among young peruvians who have sexual intercourse with foreign travelers in Cuzco

  • Cabada M
  • Echevarria J
  • Seas C
 et al. 
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Abstract

Background. Sexual networking in popular tourist destinations is a
problem worldwide. In Peru, locals sexually interacting with travelers
bridge high-risk groups, the general population, and travelers.
Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Cuzco about sexual
behavior among young Peruvians who admitted having sex with travelers. A
subgroup of the participants had serologic testing for Chlamydia
trachomatis, Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 2, and Treponema pallidum.
Results. Eighty-eight subjects volunteered for blood sampling. Their
mean age was 22.9 years (+/- 4.1) and 53.4% were male. The majority
were single (86.2%), but 12.6% had a stable relationship. The median
number of sexual partners in the 3 months prior to the study was 2
{[}interquartile range (IQR): 1-4]. During that period, 43.1% reported
foreign partners, 28.4% reported foreign and Peruvian partners, 17%
reported Peruvian partners, and the remaining 11.5% reported
combinations of Peruvian, foreign, and sex workers partners. The median
number of foreign partners in the 12-month period prior to the study was
4 (IQR: 2-8). Only 25.3% reported consistent condom use. Alcohol (69%)
and drugs (36.8%) were commonly used before sexual activity.
Seventy-eight percent tested positive for HSV type 2,25% for C
trachomatis, and 1.1% for T pallidum.
Conclusions. The core group of young Peruvians we report on demonstrated
a high-risk sexual behavior and a high prevalence of sexually
transmitted infections. Our results underscore the need for education on
safer sex practices among this group and among travelers.

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