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Metrics details. During the last ten years, a resurgence of syphilis has occurred in many countries worldwide, including Togo. Previous studies have shown a wide range of syphilis infection among the female sex workers FSWs , from 1. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of syphilis among female sex workers FSWs and their clients in Togo. Among participant who consented, we collected blood samples for syphilis and HIV testing.
In total, 1, participants 1, FSWs and clients were included in the survey. Their mean age was The prevalence of syphilis was 2.
Out of the 1, participants of the survey, 8. This study showed that: i the prevalence of syphilis among FSWs and their clients was high; ii syphilis was significantly associated with HIV infection.
It is necessary to increase awareness campaigns and emphasize on condom use among this key population group. Each year, the World Health Organization WHO estimates that about 12 million new cases of syphilis occur in the world of which more than half are recorded in sub-Saharan Africa [ 5 ].
In this region, several studies have shown that the prevalence of syphilis is higher among groups with risky sexual behaviour such as sex workers, drug users and Men who have Sex with Men [ 6 — 10 ]. Previous studies have shown a wide range of syphilis infection prevalence among the female sex workers FSWs , from 1.