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Title: HLA and sexually transmitted diseases in prostitutes
Authors: Chan, S.H. 
Tan, T.
Kamarudin, A.
Wee, G.B.
Rajan, V.S.
Issue Date: 1979
Citation: Chan, S.H., Tan, T., Kamarudin, A., Wee, G.B., Rajan, V.S. (1979). HLA and sexually transmitted diseases in prostitutes. British Journal of Venereal Diseases 55 (3) : 207-210. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The HLA profile of 148 unrelated, Chinese prostitutes (56 with repeated gonococcal infection, 31 with syphilis, 31 with gonorrhoea and syphilis, and 30 with no evidence of infection) was compared with that of 238 unrelated, healthy, Chinese control subjects. The joint occurence of AW19 B17 was observed in 25̇8% of prostitutes with double infections compared with 6̇7% of control subjects, while that of A11 B15, on the other hand, was associated with a resistance to syphilis and gonorrhoea. The latter profile was observed in 46̇7% of prostitutes in business for more than two years who were resistant to disease, in 30% of prostitutes with an overall disease resistance, in 13̇4% of control subjects, and in only 3̇2% of prostitutes with combined syphilis and gonorrhoea. Because of the statistical uncertainty when multiple variables are being analyzed these studies should be repeated in other groups of prostitutes of the same and different ethnic origins.
Source Title: British Journal of Venereal Diseases
ISSN: 0007134X
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