Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
PEREIRA, Maurício Gomes. A prevalence survey of syphilis in adults: Planaltina, DF, Brazil, 1977. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1980, vol.14, n.3, pp.358-365. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101980000300008.
In 1977, VDRL was used for serologic testing of 1502 adult male and female blue collar workers, 15 through 54 years old, residents of Planaltina, a Brasilia bedroom community. When prostitutes were excluded from the results, the prevalence rate for positive results was 2.3% being more elevated among women, married people and older ages; whereas, one in every three prostitutes showed positive. Brasilia's intense mobility rate makes this a grave public health problem.
Keywords : Syphilis [Planaltina, DF, Brazil]; Venereal diseases; Serological surveys.