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Title: HIV infection and related risk behaviours among female sex workers in greater Cairo, Egypt
Authors: Kabbash, I.A.
Abdul-Rahman, I.
Shehata, Y.A.
Omar, A.A.R.
Keywords: Risk-Taking
Sex Workers
Prevalence
Cross-Sectional Studies
Condoms
Issue Date: 2012
Relation: EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 18 (9), 920 - 927, 2012
Language: English
Abstract: Although illegal in Egypt, prostitution exists. The prevalence of HIV infection among female sex workers [FSWs] in Cairo is not precisely known. This cross-sectional study investigated the high-risk behaviour for HIV infection and HIV prevalence among FSWs in greater Cairo. A total of 431 FSWs were interviewed about their sexual history with paid and unpaid partners, condom use and risky behaviour for HIV infection; all were tested for HIV. Use of alcohol and drugs was reported by 39.9% and 49.0% of the women respectively; 37.6% only used such substances while with a client. Male condoms were known by 72.6% but their use in the previous month was low [32.8%] and only 22.4% had used one with their last client. The main reasons for not using condoms were not thinking of it [40.6%] and client refusal [20.5%). All the women tested negative for HIV infection. The high-risk behaviour of many FSWs necessitates intervention programmes to reduce their risk of HIV infection
Description: 920 - 927
Subject: HIV Infections
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118513
ISSN: 1020-3397
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