How does the incidence of schistosomiasis (bilharzia) vary by sex?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Schistosomiasis is more common in males, most likely because of increased exposure to infected water via bathing, swimming, and agricultural activities. S haematobium causes genital lesions in 30% of women who are infected. Vulval lesions may increase the risk of HIV transmission.


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