Sexually-Transmitted Disease Prevalence and the Factors Associated with it in Sexually-Exploited Children in Bogota, Colombia (In Spanish)

Revista de Salud Publica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Vol. 11, No. 3, June 2009

12 Pages Posted: 3 May 2010

See all articles by Angela Maria Pinzon-Rondon

Angela Maria Pinzon-Rondon

Universidad del Rosario

Timothy W. Ross

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Juan Carlos Botero

Pontifica Universidad Javeriana Law School

Margarita M. Baquero-Umaña

Universidad del Rosario

Date Written: June 1, 2009

Abstract

Objective Presenting the characteristics of a group of children who have been sexually exploited in Bogota, determining the prevalence of sexually-transmitted disease (STD) in this group of children and establishing the factors associated with STD in this population.

Methodology This was a descriptive, cross-sectional study. The medical charts of children aged 10 to 17 years who sought medical attention at Fundación Renacer between January 2002 and June 2004 were reviewed. The analysis included descriptive statistics, correlations and binomial logistic regression.

Results 255 children’s charts were included, producing the following characteristics: being female (58.8%), average age was 15.4, 5.9% were affiliated to social security, 89.8% engaged in substance abuse, 41.2% used family planning, 3.9% used a condom during every intercourse and there were 0.86 average pregnancies per female adolescent. Sexually-transmitted disease prevalence was 30.9%. The most common diseases were condilomatosis and Neisseria gonorrhea infection. Substance abuse and infrequent condom use were associated with a diagnosis of STD.

Conclusion Child sexual exploitation is a reality in Colombia. In spite of the limitations of this study, it can be concluded that STDs are an important problem in the sexually abused child population in Bogota. Preventing child sexual exploitation and integral attention for these children (including health service provision) must become a priority.

Keywords: Child abuse, sexually-transmitted disease, Colombia, sex offence

Suggested Citation

Pinzon-Rondon, Angela Maria and Ross, Timothy W. and Botero, Juan Carlos and Baquero-Umaña, Margarita M., Sexually-Transmitted Disease Prevalence and the Factors Associated with it in Sexually-Exploited Children in Bogota, Colombia (In Spanish) (June 1, 2009). Revista de Salud Publica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Vol. 11, No. 3, June 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1598470

Angela Maria Pinzon-Rondon (Contact Author)

Universidad del Rosario ( email )

Calle 12 No. 6-25
Bogota, DC
Colombia

Timothy W. Ross

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Juan Carlos Botero

Pontifica Universidad Javeriana Law School ( email )

Cale 40 # 6-23 piso 7
Bogotá, DC 110231
Colombia

Margarita M. Baquero-Umaña

Universidad del Rosario ( email )

Calle 12 No. 6-25
Bogota, DC
Colombia

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