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Epidemiological features of sexually transmitted infections among women in Tunisia: high prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis among women requesting abortion
  1. Abir Znazen1,
  2. Nader Zribi1,
  3. Leila Maazoun2,
  4. Sami Khrouf2,
  5. Adnene Hammami1
  1. 1Laboratory of Microbiology and Laboratory of research ‘MPH’, Habib Bourguiba University Hospital Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia
  2. 2Family planning office, Sfax, Tunisia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abir Znazen, Laboratory of Microbiology Habib Bourguiba University Hospital Sfax, Sfax 3029, Tunisia; abirznazen2001{at}

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In Tunisia, we previously studied sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among female sex workers and reported high prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection.1 We undertook a cross-sectional study in order to investigate the prevalence of STIs and their demographic determinants among women attending family planning clinics in Sfax (south of Tunisia).

Demographic and behavioural characteristics of 220 women were determined. Vaginal and endocervical swabs were collected for the detection of CT and Neisseria gonorrhoeae by Cobas Amolicor Roche PCR, Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) by wet mount smears, bacterial vaginosis by Gram staining …

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  • Contributors Each author has participated actively in the work. NZ, AZ and AH have made substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition, and analysis and interpretation of data and have been involved in drafting the manuscript. LM and SK have made substantial contributions to conception and design and acquisition of data.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Association d'Enregistrement et lutte contre le cancer dans le Sud Tunisien.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.