This literature review focuses on what is known about reproductive tract infections and sexually transmitted infections (RTIs/STIs) in Bangladesh from published studies. This paper compiled findings from 6 qualitative studies and 12 quantitative cross-sectional studies on sex workers, rural women and health providers. It looks at five issues. First it looks at the occurrence of RTIs/STIs among different populations - pregnant women, sex workers, rural women, women visiting an urban healthcare clinic, and views of health providers with RTI/STI infected patients. Second, it looks at their perceptions about RTIs/ STIs. Third, it discusses some of the factors that are causing RTIs/STIs among Bangladeshi women. Fourth, it looks at some of the health providers Bangladeshi women seek health care from for their RTIs/STIs. Fifth it discusses how RTIs and STIs are managed - through programmatic forms and diagnosis.
Monograph Series: 03, Dhaka; BRAC University