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Table 2 Pattern of STD/RTI syndromes among patients who sought care in private and public sectors

From: Setting up a surveillance system for sexually transmitted diseases in the general population with prospective data collection from private-practice and public-practice doctors in Hong Kong

  No. of patients seen by General Practitioners
(N = 104,933)
No. of patients seen by Obstetrics & Gynecology specialists
(N = 2,057)
No. of patients seen by Dermatology & Venereology specialists
(N = 5,475)
No. of patients seen by all private-practice doctors
(N = 112,465)
No. of patients seen by public-practice SHC doctors†
(N = 5,647)
  n %* n %* n %* n %* n %*
% presenting STD/RTI syndromes#           
   Urethral/vaginal discharge 428 0.41 66 3.21 8 0.15 502 0.45 437 7.74
   Genital ulcer 71 0.07 2 0.10 25 0.46 98 0.09 218 3.86
   Genital growth 74 0.07 7 0.34 52 0.95 133 0.12 1,446 25.61
   Ectoparasitic infestations 10 0.01 0 0.00 1 0.02 11 0.01 29 0.51
   Other syndromes 126 0.12 13 0.63 17 0.31 156 0.14 262 4.64
Had any one of the above
syndromes
660 0.63 81 3.94 100 1.83 841 0.75 2,311 40.92
  1. * The percentages of the particular STD/UTI syndromes were calculated by the number of patients with the particular syndromes, divided by the total number of patients who sought medical care during the study period. If the total number of patients who sought medical care on a particular day was not provided by the doctor (121 missing entries for GP, 20 for O&G, 18 for Dermatologist and 2 for SHC), estimate on this figure was obtained by taking the average of all doctors in the particular group.
  2. # Patients may have more than 1 symptom.
  3. † Data on 1 particular day were missing in 2 male SHCs: estimates for that day were made by entering the average of the 15-days data of the 2 particular SHC.
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