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International Research Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Vol.4 (2),pp. 23-27, May 2019
ISSN 2488-9032
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Original Research Article

Seroprevalence of venereal disease in pregnancy: Our experience in Federal Medical Centre Yenagoa Bayelsa State Nigeria

1Allagoa D.O and 1*Kotingo E. L

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author Email: kotingolucky2009(at)

date Received: February 28, 2019     date Accepted: April 15, 2019     date Published: May 11, 2019


In growing nations, syphilis and its congenital form remain significant public health problems that affect 10%–15% of pregnant women. To determine the Seroprevalence Venereal Disease in pregnancy and to make evidence based recommendation in our obstetric population at Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa. This is a descriptive cross sectional study. Two hundred and twenty (220) consecutive healthy pregnant women attending the antenatal booking clinic of the hospital were recruited into this study. Blood was collected and tested for qualitative detection of antibodies to Treponema Pallidium using commercially available in vitro diagnostic kits. Data was collected via a structured interviewer administered questionnaire. Data entry and analysis was done using SPSS 22 statistical package (SPSS Inc., Illinois, USA). The predominant age group was 20-29 years (50.0%). The mean age is 28.8 years ± 5.2. The Seroprevalence of venereal disease in this study was 25.9%. The Seroprevalence of venereal disease in pregnancy is very high in our obstetric population. Early diagnosis and treatment within the first trimester of each pregnancy, on-site screening and public health awareness of this venereal disease is essential for mothers, sexual partners and unborn babies.

Key words: Venereal disease, syphilis, pregnancy, perinatal morbidity, yenagoa

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