The feasibility of using mobile phone technology for sexual behaviour research in a population vulnerable to HIV: a prospective survey with female sex workers in South India

An article in AIDS Care.

Sexual behaviour studies are often challenged by sampling, participation and measurement biases, and may be unacceptable to participants. We invited 293 randomly selected female sex workers (FSWs) in Bangalore, India, to participate in a telephone survey, with condom breakage as the main outcome. Free cell phones were supplied and trained interviewers telephoned FSWs daily to ask about all sex acts the previous day.

Sex workers: limited access to healthcare

Sex workers constitute a heterogeneous group possessing a combination of vulnerability factors such as geographical instability, forced migration, substance addiction and lack of legal residence permit. Access to healthcare for sex workers depends on the laws governing the sex market and on migration policies in force in the host country. In this article, we review different European health strategies established for sex workers, and present preliminary results of a pilot study conducted among 50 sex workers working on the streets in Lausanne.

Knowledge About Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Attitudes Toward Female Sex Workers With STI Symptoms Among Health Care Providers in Laos

This study assessed the knowledge and attitudes among health care providers  providing sexual health services to female sex workers  in the border region of Thailand and Vietnam. Attitudes to sex workers were found to be very poor.

A Qualitative Study on HIV Risk Behaviors and Medical Needs of Sex Workers in a China/Myanmar Border Town

An article in AIDS Patient Care and STDs Volume 17, Number 8, 2003.

Ruili is a small border town between China and Myanmar where drugs and commercial sex are common, and rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV, are high.

A qualitative study was carried out on 89 sex workers there in 2001 to understand more about their HIV awareness, medical-seeking behaviors and needs. We found that the sex workers were young and the turnover rates were high.

Analysis of condom use and its factors on female sex workers in Shandong province

This study was to investigate the condom use and its factors on sex workers in Shandong province, and to provide effective suggestions for AIDS prevention strategies and interventions.

From April to July in 2009, 4732 female sex workers were investigated through anonymous questionnaires from 11 cities which were selected based on the AIDS epidemic, geographic location, economic conditions in Shandong province. Serum samples were collected and antibodies were tested from 4641 people. 

First report on sexually transmitted infections among trans (male to female transvestites, transsexuals or transgender) and male sex workers in Argentina: high HIV, HPV, HBV, and syphilis prevalence

Article in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2011, Pages e635-e640.

Due to the scarce data on the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among male-to-female trans-sex workers (TSW) and male sex workers (MSW) in Argentina, the present study aimed to estimate the incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and the prevalence of HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and Treponema pallidum. Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Chlamydia trachomatis infections were tested among TSW.

HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C prevalence and associated risk behaviors among female sex workers in three Afghan cities

 Article in AIDS, July 2010, Volume 24, Issue - pS69–S75.

Objective: To assess prevalence of HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B (HBV) and C virus (HCV) and associated risk behaviors among female sex workers (FSWs) in three Afghan cities.

Design: Cross-sectional prevalence assessment.

Distribution of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Risk Factors by Work Locations Among Female Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico


Background: Sex work is regulated in the Zona Roja (red light district) in Tijuana, Mexico, where HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevalence is high among female sex workers (FSWs). We examined the spatial distribution of STDs by work venue among FSWs in Tijuana.

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