All Journal Entries Journals

Swingers vs Prostitutes in STD rates.

Jun 24, 2010 - 5 comments

Disease risk higher for swingers than prostitutes
Kate Kelland
LONDON
Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:04pm EDTLONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying swingers -- straight couples who regularly swap sexual partners and indulge in group sex at organized meeting -- say they have higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than prostitutes.

Health  |  Lifestyle

Dutch researchers publishing their work in the British Medical Journal showed that older swingers -- those over the age of 45 -- are particularly vulnerable and yet are a group largely ignored by healthcare services.

With estimates that the swinger population could be many millions across the world, the scientists said there was a risk this untreated group could act as an STI "transmission bridge to the entire population."

"Although exact estimates are unavailable, the swingers' population is probably large," wrote Anne-Marie Niekamp, who worked on the study with colleagues from Maastricht University.

The Dutch study analyzed the numbers of patients seeking treatment in 2007 and 2008 at three sexual health clinics in South Limburg in the Netherlands.

The clinics have recorded whether a patient is a swinger since the start of 2007, in an attempt to track infection rates among this group.

During the study period, there were just under 9,000 consultations at the three clinics. One in nine of the patients was a swinger, with an average age of 43.

Overall, combined rates of Chlamydia and gonorrhea were just over 10 percent among straight people, 14 percent among gay men, just under 5 percent in female prostitutes, and 10.4 percent among swingers, they found. And female swingers had higher infection rates than male swingers.

One in 10 older swingers had Chlamydia and around one in 20 had gonorrhea.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease among women and in 70 percent of cases causes no symptoms. The bacterial infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Gonorrhea is another bacterial infection which can also lead to infertility if left untreated.

Niekamp said that while other high risk groups, such as young straight people, gay men and prostitutes, were relatively easy for healthcare service to identify and target for advice and help, swingers were generally a hidden community.

"That makes them very hard to reach," she said in a telephone interview. "Because they are so hidden and in some ways also stigmatized, it is hard for them to come forward for STI testing and treatment."


Comments
Post a Comment
Avatar_m_tn
by joggen, Jun 24, 2010
Great article but I think the headline they chose for it is a little misleading. The more relevant comparison is swingers to 'straight people' (single heterosexuals presumably) and there was no real difference in STD rates. The biggest finding was that prostitutes had half the STD rates as single people and swingers and I think the article should have focused more on that IMO.

Avatar_m_tn
by Patricius, Jun 30, 2010
in Holland where the research was caried out, testing of prostitutes on a weekly basis is part of their licensing agreement. I wouldnt have thought that the general public is tested on a weekly basis.

Avatar_m_tn
by azzaro, Feb 08, 2012
Great article

Avatar_n_tn
by scarykc1009, Feb 21, 2013
Interesting!!  Just curious about the percentile if you were testing for HIV!  Great article

5753536_tn?1379480356
by oscar57, Jul 13, 2013
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Post a Comment