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Four sixty-three males with sexually transmitted disease from January 1993 to June 1995 were screened for HIV infection to find out the magnitude of HIV infection in a high risk group. Majority (85%) were in age group of 21-35 years. 374 (80.7%) men were married. 463 males gave history of heterosexual exposures with prostitutes (90.8%), amatures (6.4%) and marital (2.8%). None had used condoms. Out of 463 STDs, 45(9.7%) cases had syphilis, 133 (28.7%) chancroid, 45 (9.7%) LGV, Gonorrhoea 26 (5.6%), NSU 39 (8.4%) and others 175 (37.7%). Blood samples of 463 males suffering from STDs were tested for HIV 1-2 antibodies by ELISA technique followed by confirmation by western blot assay. 7 cases of STDs were positive for HIV 1-2 antibodies by ELISA test and 6 were confirmed by Western blot assay. A Prevalence of 1.29% of HIV 1-2 antibodies in STD Patients were found. This study highlights the importance of screening STD patents for HIV infections.