female sex workers

Concurrent sexual and substance-use risk behaviours among female sex workers

While many studies confirm the association between HIV, alcohol and injecting drug use by female sex workers (FSWs), little is known about their use of marijuana, khat and other substances and the association of these substances with HIV, risky sexual behaviour, and sexual violence. To better understand this association, data were analysed from a cross-sectional, behavioural survey of 297 FSWs in Mombasa, a well-known tourist destination and the second largest port in Africa and capital city of the Coast Province in Kenya.

Drug-related behaviors independently associated with syphilis infection among female sex workers in two Mexico–US border cities

Article in Addiction, Vol 105, Issue 8, 27 Apr 2010.

Aims  To identify correlates of active syphilis infection among female sex workers (FSWs) in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

Design  Cross-sectional analyses of baseline interview data. Correlates of active syphilis (antibody titers >1 : 8) were identified by logistic regression.

Estimates of the number of female sex workers in different regions of the world

Article by Vandepitte J, Lyerla R, Dallabetta G,Crabbé F, Alary M, and Buvé A in Sex Transm Infect. 2006 June; 82(Suppl 3: iii18–iii25. This research attempted to estimate the number of women in the world that sell sex by collating information from published and unpublished literature, as well as from field investigators involved in research or interventions targeted at female sex workers. The proportion of women in adult female populations was calculated including by were extrapolating subnational estimates to national estimates.

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