Sero-epidemiology of Syphilis in a Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Kuala Lumpur

Authors

  • Asrul Abdul Wahab Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur,
  • Mohd Ezri Asyraf Ramli Faculty of Medicine,Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Risq Atiqah Munirah Mustafa Faculty of Medicine,Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Grace Min Wen Lim Faculty of Medicine,Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Wan Nurfatin Wan Sahimi Faculty of Medicine,Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Harunarashid Husyairi Department of Emergency Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • Md Mostafizur Rahman Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjms.v17i1.35282

Keywords:

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, rapid plasma regain, syphilis, syphilis IgG

Abstract

Background: Syphilis is common and resurgences predominantly occurs among men who have sex with men (MSM).

Objective: The aim of the study was to describe the epidemiology, clinical and serological aspects of patients with syphilis diagnosed at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC).

Methods: A retrospective study was conducted whereby patients with serologically confirmed syphilis cases between January 2010 and December 2012 were included. The epidemiological and clinical data were gathered from the patient’s progress note.

Results: A total of 67 patients were selected in this research (41 males, 26 females). The mean age was 48.97 ± 17.45, where majority were from 20 to 39 years old (37.3%). Most patients were diagnosed at latent stage (65.7%). Identified risk factors for syphilis infection included sexual promiscuity either homosexual or heterosexual, intravenous drug user and partner diagnosed as syphilis. Penicillin is the antibiotic of choice for the treated cases.

Conclusions: This study managed to provide an epidemiological and serological data of syphilis infection in our medical center where syphilis was diagnosed predominantly in male especially in young adults.

Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science Vol.17(1) 2018 p.62-66

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Published

2018-01-11

How to Cite

Wahab, A. A., Ramli, M. E. A., Mustafa, R. A. M., Lim, G. M. W., Sahimi, W. N. W., Husyairi, H., & Rahman, M. M. (2018). Sero-epidemiology of Syphilis in a Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science, 17(1), 62–66. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjms.v17i1.35282

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