Aw Rimoin, Na Hoff, Cf Djoko, Nk Kisalu, M Kashamuka, U Tamoufe, M LeBreton, Pk Kayembe, Jj Muyembe, Cr Kitchen, K Saylors, J Fair, R Doshi,E Papworth, E Mpoudi-Ngole, Mp Grillo, F Tshala, M Peeters, Nd Wolfe
International Journal of STD & AIDS (Impact Factor: 1). 05/2014; DOI:10.1177/0956462414533672


Despite recent declines in HIV incidence, sub-Saharan Africa remains the most heavily affected region in the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Estimates of HIV prevalence in African military personnel are scarce and inconsistent. We conducted a serosurvey between June and September 2007 among 4043 Armed Forces personnel of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) stationed in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to determine the prevalence of HIV and syphilis infections and describe associated risk behaviours. Participants provided blood for HIV and syphilis testing and responded to a demographic and risk factor questionnaire. The prevalence of HIV was 3.8% and the prevalence of syphilis was 11.9%. Women were more likely than men to be HIV positive, (7.5% vs. 3.6% respectively, aOR: 1.66, 95% C.I: 1.21-2.28, p < 0.05). Factors significantly associated with HIV infection included gender and self-reported genital ulcers in the 12 months before date of enrollment. The prevalence of HIV in the military appears to be higher than the general population in DRC (3.8% vs. 1.3%, respectively), with women at increased risk of infection.

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