Prevalence of Venereal Syphilis Among Youth Aged Between 18-35 Years Attending Kisenye Health Centre IV, Kampala District.
Keywords:Prevalence of Veneral syphilis , Kampala district
Syphilis is an infection caused by a spirochete Treponema pallidum transmitted by direct contact with a syphilitic sore on the skin and in the mucous membrane. The study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of venereal syphilis among youth aged between 18- 35years, it also assessed the predisposing factors, prevention, and control measures of venereal syphilis
This was a cross-sectional study conducted among 96 respondents in Kisenyi Health Centre IV between the month of January and February 2020. A simple random sampling method was used to select the 96 respondents whereby the respondents were selected on a first come first serve basis. The questionnaire interview schedule was used for data collection, Venous blood was collected and the Treponema pallidum hem-agglutination assay test kits were used in the diagnosis.
Out of the 96 respondents who were enrolled in study 20(20.8%) were males and 76(76.2%) were females. The majority of the respondents who were affected were females 04(4.2%) in the age (18-35). The most predisposing factors to venereal syphilis was Ignorance, the use of drugs, poverty, co-infection, little knowledge about the use of a condom, as well as urban residence were also revealed to be some of the predisposing factors to acquire the disease.
the prevalence of venereal syphilis in kisenyi health centre IV was found to be higher among the youth especially between the age of 18-25 years.
The health care providers should do thorough assessments to address common diseases especially cases of venereal syphilis among the youth between 18-35 years.
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