Antibiotic prophylaxis for cold coagulation of the cervix?

D J White, R Malet, I H Ahmed-Jushuf
1992 Sexually Transmitted Infections  
Table Papanicolaou smear pattern in 515 prostitutes Cytology No % Negative 160 (31.0%) Inflammation 252 (48.9%) CINI 60 (11.7%) CIN II 16 (3.2%) CIN III 7 (1.4%) Squamous cell carcinoma 1 (0.2%) Trichomoniasis 50 (9.7%) Candidiasis 22 (4.3%) Anaerobic vaginosis 188 (36 5%) HSV infection 11 (2-1%) HPV infection 82 (15-9%) general population.4 Prostitutes also commonly suffer from various STDs. There are very few reports on the prevalence of CIN in cervical smears from prostitutes in developing
more » ... tes in developing countries5 and none from India. Our experience in family planning (FP) clinics has shown that the Papanicolaou smear may be a valuable technique in the diagnosis of many STDs.6 We report the results in 515 prostitutes from Bombay. All women were in the age group of 20 to 30 years with a coital frequency of 28-36 per week with multiple sexual partners. The majority of them were asymptomatic (92%) and had come for a health check up. The overall prevalence of one or more STDs by cytology was 51.2% (264/515). Out of these a single STD was observed in 63-7% and multi-ple STDs in 36.3% of cases. The smear pattern and the prevalence of individual STDs are given in the table. Cervical cytology may be a useful screening test for STDs in developing countries because other tests are usually not available or are expensive and resources are limited. However, cytology cannot substitute other definitive diagnostic methods if available.
doi:10.1136/sti.68.1.63 fatcat:kbpvev3sandpfjw5mhzqnlzhua