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Prevalence of STDs and HIV infection among immigrant sex workers attending an STD centre in Bologna, Italy
  1. A D'Antuono,
  2. F Andalò,
  3. E M Carlà,
  4. S De Tommaso
  1. Department of Clinic, Specialistic and Experimental Medicine, Section of Dermatological Clinic, University of Bologna, Italy
  1. Dr Antonietta D'Antuono, V Massarenti 1, 40138 - Bologna, Italy

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Recent research (ISTAT: Italian Statistics Institute, data regarding 1998) has shown that in Italy there are about 50 000 street sex workers—20 000 of them are occasional; the remaining full time workers included 5000 Italians, generally not street walking, and 25 000 migrant street walking prostitutes.

Migrant prostitution in Italy represents a real emergency because of their number, which is increasing in proportion to clandestine immigration coming from east Europe and from Africa.

Sex workers are often the focus of control measures for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because they are seen as the source.1

Recent data show that in Bologna city there are about …

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