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Repo, I, Sopenlehto, A, Huilaja, L, Jokelainen, J, Kiviniemi, E, Sinikumpu, S-P. Sexual behavioral factors of the subjects visiting the clinic of sexually transmitted infections in Northern Finland: a cross-sectional study among 775 subjects. Health Sci Rep. 2023; 6:e1407. doi:

Sexual behavioral factors of the subjects visiting the clinic of sexually transmitted infections in Northern Finland : a cross-sectional study among 775 subjects

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Author: Repo, Iiro1; Sopenlehto, Atte1; Huilaja, Laura2;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Dermatology, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland and Research Unit of Clinical Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, Arctic Biobank, and Infrastructure for Population Studies, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-08-21


Background and Aims: Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are among the most common infections globally. However, the sexual behavioral factors and sexual history of people visiting STI clinics have only been surveyed in a few studies. We aimed to evaluate the characteristics of the patients visiting the open STI clinic.

Methods: This is a prospective observational study performed in the STI clinic in the premises of Department of Dermatology, Oulu University Hospital. All individuals (n = 775) attending the STI clinic between February and August 2022 were included to the study and the profile of the patients was evaluated.

Results: We found that the majority of the STI clinic attendees (58.5%) were female. Mean age of the study population was 28.9 years, with females being significantly younger than males (p< 0.001). Only one-third (30.6%) of the patients reported having symptoms at the time of attending. Most commonly, patients had had one sex partner in the last 6 months. However, one-fifth (21.7%) reported several sex partners (over four). Almost half of the patients (47.6%) reported using a condom only randomly. Those with heterosexual orientation had fewer multiple-sex partners (p < 0.001) than those with homo- or bisexual orientation (p < 0.05).

Conclusion: It is important to increase knowledge about the profile of STI clinic visitors to effectively target STI prevention on the groups at the highest risk of STIs.

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Series: Health science reports
ISSN: 2398-8835
ISSN-E: 2398-8835
ISSN-L: 2398-8835
Volume: 6
Issue: 7
Article number: e1407
DOI: 10.1002/hsr2.1407
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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