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Shiely F, Horgan M, Hayes K;
European Journal of Public Health
Increased sexually transmitted infection incidence in a low risk population: Identifying the risk factors.
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BACKGROUND: Between 1994 and 2006, the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Ireland has increased by over 300%. Recent literature would suggest that this figure is an underestimation of the true scale of infection. Our objective was to determine the risk factors associated with STI diagnosis in a population with a rapidly increasing STI incidence. METHODS: Using diagnostic, demographic and behavioural information from three STI clinics (January 1999 to December 2006), multivariable logistic regression models were used to identify risk factors associated with STI diagnosis. RESULTS: Age, smoking and inconsistent condom use are the dominant risk factors. Males aged 20-24 years and females aged <20 years being at greatest risk of STI acquisition. Having three or more partners was not associated with an elevated risk of STI diagnosis. At univariate level, homosexuals and bisexuals have a decreased risk of STI acquisition compared with heterosexuals. Rate of consistent condom use was low
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