Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology / 2019 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

Accuracy of Curable Sexually Transmitted Infections and Genital Mycoplasmas Screening by Multiplex Real-Time PCR Using a Self-Collected Veil among Adult Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Table 1

Sociodemographics, behavioural, and hygiene characteristics of the 251 women living in N'Djamena, Chad, and recruited from the community.

Variable/categoryAll study women (N = 251)
n () [95% CI]

Age (years)
78 (31.1) [25.4–37.2]
 ≥ 30 − < 4066 (26.3) [21.0–32.2]
 ≥ 40 − < 5069 (27.5) [22.1–33.5]
 ≥ 5038 (15.1) [10.9–20.2]
Marital status
 Married or living in couple203 (80.9) [75.5–85.6]
 Single48 (19.1) [14.4–24.5]
Occupation
 Unemployed137 (54.6) [48.2–60.9]
 Student36 (14.3) [10.3–19.3]
 Employed78 (31.1) [25.4–37.2]
Education level
 Never schooled47 (18.7) [14.1–24.1]
 Elementary school43 (17.1) [12.7–22.4]
 High school80 (31.9) [26.2–38.0]
 University81 (32.3) [26.5–38.4]
Age at first sexual intercourse (year)
 ≤ 17136 (54.2) [47.8–60.5]
 ≥ 18110 (43.8) [37.6–50.2]
 No response5 (2.0) [0.6–4.6]
Number of sexual partners in the life
 One regular partner201 (80.1) [74.6–84.8]
 Several partners [1 to 5]41 (16.3) [12.0–21.5]
Past history of STIs
 Yes11 (4.4) [2.2–7.7]
 No240 (95.6) [92.3–97.8]
HIV-1 status
 Positive9 (3.6) [1.7–6.7]
 Negative242 (96.4) [93.3–98.3]
HBV status
 Positive19 (7.6) [4.6–11.6]
 Negative232 (92.4) [88.4–95.4]
HCV status
 Positive8 (3.2) [1.4–6.2]
 Negative243 (96.8) [93.8–98.6]
Vaginal tampon use
 Never215 (85.7) [80.7–89.7]
 Sometimes14 (5.6) [3.1–9.2]
 Often4 (1.6) [0.4–4.0]
 Always18 (7.2) [4.3–11.1]
Regular genital toilet
 Yes201 (80.1) [74.6–84.8]
  Water110 (54.7) [47.6–61.7]
  Water + soap91 (45.3) [38.3–52.4]
 No50 (19.9) [15.2–25.4]
Postcoital genital toilet
 Yes230 (91.6) [87.5–94.7]
  Water141 (61.3) [54.7–67.6]
  Water + soap89 (38.7) [32.4–45.3]
 No21 (8.4) [5.3–12.5]
Use of contraceptive
 Yes66 (26.3) [21.0–32.2]
 Pill17 (25.8) [15.8–38.0]
 Intrauterine device11 (16.7) [8.6–27.9]
 Condom7 (10.6) [4.4–20.6]
 Other31 (47.0) [34.6–59.7]
 No185 (73.7) [67.8–79.0]

The frequency of each variable is presented with their 95% confidence interval in brackets.
Including infections due to N. gonorrhoeae, C. trachomatis, and syphilis.
Alternative of vaginal tampon use for feminine hygiene during menstruation was the use of sanitary napkins.
CI: confidence interval; HIV-1: human immunodeficiency virus; HBV: hepatitis B virus; HCV: hepatitis C virus; STIs: sexually transmitted infections.

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