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Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000012
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Declining Prevalence Rates of Syphilis Among Police Officers in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, 1990-2010

Lindman, Jacob Lopatko*; Månsson, Fredrik; Biague, Antonio; Da Silva, Zacarias José; Andersson, Sören§; Norrgren, Hans

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Abstract

We analyzed prevalence rates of syphilis (positive Treponema pallidum hemagglutinin antigen/T. pallidum particle antigen and venereal disease research laboratory test) among police officers in Guinea-Bissau from 1990 to 2010 and found a significant decline from 4.5% to 0.4% (P = 0.0065). Our results are in line with other recent reports from West Africa. More research is needed to identify the reasons for this decline.

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