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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

Print version ISSN 0864-2125On-line version ISSN 1561-3038


FARINAS REINOSO, Ana Teresa; DIAZ LEMUS, Margarita  and  LOPEZ SERRANO, Elena. Las enfermedades de transmisión sexual en la Cuba prerrevolucionaria.: su prevención, control y tratamiento. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2001, vol.17, n.3, pp.296-304. ISSN 0864-2125.

The behavior of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), as well as the activities of prevention, control and treatment carried out in Cuba during the colonial and republican burgeois periods are described. The most used working techniques were the bibliographic and documentary review, the semistructured interviews and the testimony. The main results show that prostitution was connected with venereal diseases since the colonial period, when the first special hospital for patients with STD was founded, the control of prostitution was regulated and the treatment of these diseases was characterized by the use of autochthonous drugs as Copaiba. During the mediatized republic the control of these diseases was concentrated in the capital of the country and it was later extended to other provincial capitals. The first preventive measures were taken and applied, the compulsory notification was established and for the first time the patients were used as health promoters.


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