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Risk of sexually transmitted infections among Mayan women in rural Guatemala whose partners are migrant workers

  • Author(s): Ikeda, JM
  • Schaffer, JR
  • Ixcot, MLS
  • Page, K
  • Hearst, N
  • et al.
Abstract

HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) are of concern in Mayan districts of Guatemala in which labor migration is common. This study assessed whether the migration status of men is associated with reported STI symptoms among their female primary partners. In a multivariate analysis of survey data taken from a larger Mayan sexual health study, the odds of reporting STI symptoms were twofold higher among women who reported that their partner migrated (OR 2.08, 95 % CI, 1.16-3.71), compared to women whose partners did not. Women from the Mam and Kaqchikel ethnolinguistic groups reported higher rates of STI symptoms after adjustment for their partners' migration status. Resumen: VIH e infeccion de transmisión sexual (ITS) son preocupantes en las poblaciones Mayas de Guatemala, en donde la migración para tener un trabajo en plantaciones agrícolas es común. Este estudio fue realizado para determinar si la migración del hombre está asociada con infecciones de transmisión sexual hacia su pareja primaria. En un análisis multi-variable de los datos de una encuesta mas grande sobre salud sexual, los odds de reportar síntomas de ITS era dos veces más grande en mujeres que tienen parejas primarias masculinas que migran (OR 2.08, 95 % CI, 1.16-3.71) comparado a las mujeres que sus parejas no migran. Mujeres de los grupos lingüísticos Mam y Kaqchikel reportaron mas síntomas de ITS despues de ajustar la migracion como un factor de riesgo. © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013.

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