Journal article

HIV risks vary according to type of sex work in a cross-sectional survey from Nagaland, India

Anna BZ O'Halloran, Gregory Armstrong, Gajendra K Medhi, Collins Z Sono, Jagadish Mahanta, Michelle Kermode

BMC WOMENS HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a significant problem among female sex workers (FSWs) in Nagaland, India. Place of solicitation and sex vary considerably in this context. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between categories of sex work and HIV risks. METHODS: In 2009 a survey was undertaken among 417 FSWs in Dimapur, Nagaland using an interviewer-administered questionnaire and blood and urine samples. Using this data, we constructed a typology of sex work by combining usual place of solicitation and place of sex, and examined variations in demographics, sex work patterns, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV prevalence across typo..

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