Oral sexual behavior and oral hygiene effects on the syphilis incidence in MSM population

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the effects of oral sexual behavior and oral hygiene maintenance on the incidence of syphilis in men who have sex with men (MSM) at Voluntary Counseling and Testing in Cibodasari Public Health Center (PHC) in Tangerang City, Indonesia. This was an observational analytical study with case-control design in subjects from the MSM community listed in the PHC from January to December 2017. The participants disclosed their sexual practices and oral hygiene maintenance in the preceding 12 months by using a self-reported questionnaire. Of the 96 respondents, 81.2% were =30 years old, 88.5% were unmarried, 67.7% had attained a high school education, and 68.8% were employees. We compared the participants who had syphilis with a control group regarding their sexual behavior. Multivariate analysis revealed four variables that contributed to syphilis: oral-penis sex (P=.019; OR = 61.306), commercial sex (P=.002; OR = 61.296), use of antibiotics (P=.009; OR = 26.853), and use of mouthwash (P=.048; OR = 11.581). Oral sexual behavior and oral hygiene maintenance among MSM who had visited Cibodasari PHC contributed to an increased incidence of syphilis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1516-1521
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of International Dental and Medical Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)
  • Oral sexual behavior
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Syphilis

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