Knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviour of female sex workers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviour of female sex workers in Port Moresby, Papua New... In 1998 in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a study of 205 female sex workers (FSWs) found 34 (17%) 1 had HIV while at the same time the prevalence in the adult population was 0.19%. 2 Our aim was to describe the practices that place FSW at risk of acquiring HIV in Port Moresby. A cross-sectional survey was conducted between June and July 2003. We recruited FSWs from 12 previously identified locations (e.g. guest houses, markets) where FSWs commonly worked. 3 We approached FSWs, explained the survey and asked if they would like to participate. We administered structured questionnaire using face-to-face interviews and obtained information on socio-demographic characteristics, sexual history/practices, HIV/sexually transmissible infections knowledge, health seeking behaviours and risk perceptions. Each questionnaire took ~45 min to complete. They were eligible if they were 14 years or older and had received money for sex in the past month. Consent was obtained by thumbprint. The data was doubled entered into FoxPro 2.6 database (Microsoft Corporation, WA, USA), converted and analysed using Stata 7.0 (Stata Corporation, TX, USA). Seventy-nine FSWs from 12 locations agreed to participate in the survey. We estimated that ~80% of the FSWs approached, agreed to participate. The characteristics http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sexual Health CSIRO Publishing

Knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviour of female sex workers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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CSIRO Publishing
Copyright
CSIRO
ISSN
1448-5028
eISSN
1449-8987
D.O.I.
10.1071/SH09089
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