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STI epidemics in the Indian Ocean region: can the phase be assessed?
  1. A Matteelli1,
  2. C Pizzocolo1,
  3. H Abdou Bakar2,
  4. M Toyb2,
  5. N Pyndiah3,
  6. N E Udonwa4,
  7. A G Gedeon4,
  8. C Farina5,
  9. S Caligaris1,
  10. F Castelli1,
  11. G Carosi1
  1. 1Clinic of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
  2. 2AIDS and STD Division, Ministry of Health, the Comoros
  3. 3Laboratory of Virology and STD, Ministry of Health, Mauritius
  4. 4Primary Health Care Directorate, Ministry of Health, Seychelles
  5. 5Institute of Microbiology, Ospedali Riuniti, Bergamo, Italy
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Alberto Matteelli, Clinic of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Piazza Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy;


The Indian Ocean provides a unique opportunity to curb the HIV epidemic in its nascent phase through strengthening STI control programmes. Making effective and appropriate health services available should be regarded as the first priority for STI control in the region and, whenever possible, core groups should be identified and targeted to interrupt transmission within such networks.

  • sexually transmitted infection
  • HIV
  • Indian Ocean

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