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Need for Intervention Services for Promotion of Condom Use by Female Sex Workers to Consider Size of Entertainment Venues: A Cross-Sectional Study

Baifeng Chen, Jian Chen, Yinbao Shao, Daibao Hu, Xinping Ding, Yufeng Wen

School of Public Health, Wannan Medical College, Wuhu, Anhui, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit Basic Res 2019; 25:1-7

DOI: 10.12659/MSMBR.913161

Available online: 2019-01-01

Published: 2019-01-01

BACKGROUND: Consistent condom use among female sex workers (FSWs) is a key intervention in China’s AIDS Control Program. Female sex workers (FSWs) in China are at increased risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS because of low knowledge about HIV transmission and inconsistent use of condoms, the grade of venues may play a role in HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and consistent condom use of female sex workers.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 802 FSWs in 2016 in Fuyang, China. A self-administered questionnaire was used to assess whether there is a need of different intervention services promotion of consistent condom use among FSWs in different-grade entertainment venues.
RESULTS: Multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated that knowledge scores of HIV transmission routes and peer education were associated with consistent condom use in large-size venues, while peer education was associated with consistent condom use in mid-size venues. Knowledge scores of HIV non-transmission routes, knowledge scores of AIDS prevention/control, and peer education were associated with consistent condom use in small venues.
CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggested that the strategies for strengthen interventions on health benefits of consistent condom use of FSWs should differ by size of venue.

Keywords: Condoms, Female, Cross-Sectional Studies, HIV, sex workers