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Summer 1999, Vol. 7 No. 2

H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (1999) 7, 52-58


Original Article

STD Control: A Sentinel Surveillance of the STD Clinic Attendees

KY Chow

Abstract
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) poses a significant burden to the society. A substantial proportion of the Government STD clinic attendees in Hong Kong is still not using condom consistently during casual sexual encounters. A large proportion of these encounters occurs outside Hong Kong, mainly in Mainland China. As the viral STDs, for which effective cure is as yet unavailable, are assuming an increasingly important aetiological role in the STDs in our locality, the focus of the control strategies should also change from improvement in medical treatment and contact tracing to behavioural modification. One of the important target groups that STD control programmes should aim at is the travelers to China. Closer collaboration with the community clinicians and the Chinese Health Authority is needed in order to develop a more effective STD control programme.