Journal article

Sexual practices of female sex workers in Melbourne, Australia: an anonymous cross-sectional questionnaire study in 2017-18

Annalisa Zappulla, Christopher K Fairley, Basil Donovan, Rebecca Guy, Catriona S Bradshaw, Marcus Y Chen, Tiffany R Phillips, Kate Maddaford, Eric PF Chow

Sexual Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background:Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are rising among female sex workers (FSW) in Australia. The rise might be explained by changes in sexual practices; however, there is limited behavioural data available. This study aimed to explore the current sexual practices among FSW in Melbourne. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among FSW at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre between September 2017 and March 2018. Participants were asked about current sexual practices with male clients in an average working week. The frequency and proportion of each sexual practice was calculated. Results: There were 180 questionnaires included in the analysis. The median age of the FSW was..

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Grants

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Program


Funding Acknowledgements

Eric P. F. Chow was supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (GNT1091226). We would like to thank Sandra Walker and Michelle Doyle for reviewing and proof-reading the questionnaire and Wendy Zeng and Haiping Tang for proof-reading the simplified Chinese version. We would like to thank Mark Chung for designing the study material for the SWISH study. We would also like to thank representatives from the Vixen collective for reviewing the questionnaire and Sabrina Trumpour for her help in coordinating and tracking the study progress. This study was funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant (GNT 568971).