Codes and Frequencies
For women who had symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection in the past 12 months, STIADPRIVHC indicates whether, in response to an open-ended question, they reported seeking advice or treatment from a private health center for this problem.
Apart from universe differences, STIADPRIVHC is largely comparable across samples. Most commonly, this response category is organized under a "Private Medical Sector" header and is worded as "private health center." Samples that significantly diverge from this convention are noted below.
Additionally, samples vary in how they asked about sexually transmitted infections. For example, surveys in Phase V forward generally asked whether the woman had any STI, a genital sore/ulcer, and a genital discharge. In Phase III, the surveys mentioned additional infections. Due to this variation, researchers are encouraged to review the Survey Text tab for samples of interest.
Comparability - Standard DHS
An open-ended question about where the woman sought advice/treatment for an STI is included in Phases III, V, and VI in the standard DHS questionnaire.
Although response in this variable are country-specific and not included in the standard DHS modules, they are integrated in STIADPRIVHC to increase comparability across samples.
- Madagascar 2008: Women age 15-49 who have ever had sex and who had symptoms of sexually transmitted infection in the last 12 months, in households selected for the male interview.
- Tanzania 2004: Women age 15-49 who have ever had sex and who had symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection for which they sought treatment in the last 12 months.
- Tanzania 2010: Women age 15-49 who have ever had sex and who had symptoms of sexually transmitted infection in the last 12 months.