FACTORS AFFECTING REPRODUCTIVE TRACT INFECTIONS AMONG CURRENTLY-MARRIED WOMEN OF DELHI SLUMS
Introduction: RTI/STI is a major public health concern in developing countries including India. According to the WHO, over 340 million curable and many incurable STIs affect women and men worldwide, thus being a leading cause for global burden of ill-health. The problem of RTI/STI has been widely studied under the domain of medical science and has long been considered as an issue of serious public health concern.
Methods: Present study focuses on the self-reported abnormal vaginal discharge, which is a major indicator of reproductive tract infection. Data was collected by house to house survey in an urban slum in Delhi from currently-married women aged 15-49 years.
Results: 32.7 percent of women complained of abnormal vaginal discharge.
Conclusion: The factors that were found to be significantly linked with AVD included household income, abortions, menstruation related problems, number of pregnancies, weekly frequency of sexual intercourse, age at sexual debut, contraception use, and type of house.
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