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Afr J AIDS Res ; 19(4): 296-303, 2020 Dec.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33337978

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HIV-incidence studies are used to identify at-risk populations for HIV-prevention trials and interventions, but loss to follow-up (LTFU) can bias results if participants who remain differ from those who drop out. We investigated the incidence of and factors associated with LTFU among Zambian female sex workers (FSWs) in an HIV-incidence cohort from 2012 to 2017. Enrolled participants returned at month one, month three and quarterly thereafter. FSWs were considered LTFU if they missed six consecutive months, or if their last visit was six months before the study end date. Of 420 FSWs, 139 (33%) were LTFU at a rate of 15.7 per 100 person years. In multivariable analysis, LTFU was greater for FSWs who never used alcohol, began sex work above the age of consent, and had a lower volume of new clients. Our study appeared to retain FSWs in most need of HIV-prevention services offered at follow-up.


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Infecciones por VIH/epidemiología , Perdida de Seguimiento , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Adolescente , Adulto , Estudios de Cohortes , Femenino , Estudios de Seguimiento , Infecciones por VIH/prevención & control , Humanos , Incidencia , Factores de Riesgo , Adulto Joven , Zambia/epidemiología
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PLoS One ; 15(10): e0239951, 2020.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33002081

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Sri Lanka has a low-level HIV epidemic. This study aims to provide evidence on HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B (HBV) prevalence, sexual risk behaviours and utilisation of HIV prevention interventions among female sex workers (FSW) in the cities Colombo, Galle, and Kandy. Using respondent-driven sampling (RDS), we recruited a total of 458 FSW in Colombo, 360 in Galle and 362 in Kandy from November 2017 to March 2018. Participants provided biological specimens for testing for infections and completed a behavioural questionnaire. We found no HIV nor HBV infections in Galle and Kandy, and low HIV (0.4%) and HBV surface antigen (0.6%) prevalence in Colombo. FSW in Colombo had higher positivity on Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination test (8.4%) compared to Galle (2.0%) and Kandy (2.5%). About two thirds of FSW heard of HIV in each of the cities. Around 90% of FSW used condom at last sex with a client in both Colombo and Galle, but considerably less in Kandy (57.1%). However, lower proportion of FSW used condoms every time during sex with clients in the past 30 day: 22.9% of FSW in Colombo, 26.6% in Kandy and 68.4% in Galle. Across cities, 17.5%-39.5% of FSW reported being tested for HIV in the past 12 months or knowing HIV positive status. The commonest reasons for never testing for HIV was not knowing where to test (54.2% in Colombo, 41.8% in Galle, 48.1% in Kandy) followed by inconvenient testing location (23.7% in Colombo and 31.1% in Kandy). HIV has not yet been firmly established among FSW in three cities in Sri Lanka, but the vulnerability towards HIV and STIs is substantial. HIV interventions should be intensified by expanding community-based HIV testing approaches, increasingawareness of HIV risks and addressing socio-structural vulnerabilities of FSW to HIV.


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Seropositividad para VIH/epidemiología , Hepatitis B/epidemiología , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Sífilis/epidemiología , Serodiagnóstico del SIDA/estadística & datos numéricos , Adolescente , Adulto , Femenino , Humanos , Persona de Mediana Edad , Sri Lanka , Serodiagnóstico de la Sífilis/estadística & datos numéricos , Sexo Inseguro/estadística & datos numéricos
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PLoS One ; 15(9): e0238822, 2020.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32898155

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OBJECTIVES: Oral sex and its associated factors among low-tier female sex workers (FSWs) have not been documented in the Chinese literature. Here, we report this perspective in this group. METHODS: The data were derived from a large cross-sectional study conducted among low-tier FSWs using a structured questionnaire in 21 counties in Zhejiang province, China. The prevalence of oral sex and its associated factors among 2645 low-tier FSWs were analyzed using bivariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS: Of all participants, 579 (21.9%) had performed oral sex with clients over the previous month. Multivariate analysis revealed that oral sex is related to being unmarried, low income, early initiation of commercial sex, having conducted commercial sex in more counties, longer duration of commercial sex, larger number of clients, ever having engaged in anal sex, less use of condoms and oral contraceptives during the previous month, low rate of adoption for contraception at the present time, and STI-related symptoms during the previous half year. CONCLUSION: Oral sex practitioners among low-tier FSWs in China are at a higher risk of STI, HIV, and unwanted pregnancy compared to those who did not engage in oral sex. Behavioral interventions carried out among low-tier FSWs should specifically target low-tier FSWs who practice oral sex, should carefully take into account the characteristics of these FSWs, provide risk awareness education and training for condom use negotiation, and promote the availability of condom and reproductive health care, timely diagnosis, and treatment of STIs.


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Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Conducta Sexual/estadística & datos numéricos , Adulto , China , Estudios Transversales , Femenino , Humanos , Análisis Multivariante , Prevalencia , Autoinforme , Adulto Joven
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PLoS One ; 15(9): e0239543, 2020.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32986767

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HIV prevalence is estimated to be 2.7% in South Sudan; however, little is known about the young country's epidemic. We conducted a respondent-driven sampling biobehavioral survey in Juba of female sex workers (FSW) aged ≥15 years who sold or exchanged sex in the last 6 months to learn more about this population. We enrolled 838 FSW from November 2015 to March 2016 and estimated HIV prevalence to be 37.8%. Prevalence of active syphilis was 7.3%. FSW were from South Sudan and most neighboring countries. Comprehensive knowledge of HIV was 11.1% and 64.2% of FSW had never spoken with an outreach worker. In multivariable analysis, HIV was associated with being from Uganda (aOR: 3.3, 95% CI: 1.7-6.1) or Kenya (aOR: 4.3, 95% CI: 1.5-13.0) versus from South Sudan. Our survey suggests that FSW may play a critical role in South Sudan's HIV epidemic and highlights the importance of tailoring services to the unique needs of FSW of all nationalities in Juba.


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Infecciones por VIH/epidemiología , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Sífilis/epidemiología , Adolescente , Adulto , Femenino , Humanos , Kenia/epidemiología , Prevalencia , Sudán del Sur/epidemiología , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Uganda/epidemiología , Adulto Joven
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WHO South East Asia J Public Health ; 9(2): 100-103, 2020 09.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978340

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The Government of Thailand was prompt to launch social and economic measures to mitigate the effects on the general population following lockdown measures to counter coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, sex workers were one of the vulnerable groups who were unable to access state support. A rapid survey of sex workers in Thailand showed that almost all had become unemployed and lost their income as a consequence of the lockdown, restrictions on international flights into the country and the closure of entertainment venues. Most were unable to cover the costs of food and shelter for themselves and their dependents. COVID-19 had also disrupted testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and HIV services for sex workers. As in other countries, community-based organizations were essential to providing an immediate, short-term COVID-19 response for sex workers. Also as in other countries, the pandemic has demonstrated that many people's health and well-being depends on very fragile foundations. This presents a clear opportunity to build back better by committing to a longer-term vision for the overall societal inclusion of sex workers. Thailand should advocate for decriminalization of sex work and ensure sex workers are entitled to equal labour rights and inclusion in the government social protection programme. Progress in innovative government initiatives aimed at ending HIV stigma and discrimination show how structural change can come about through harnessing community-based organizations. In turn, HIV services for sex workers need to expand and incorporate targeted interventions to reduce sex workers' occupational susceptibility to COVID-19.


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Infecciones por Coronavirus/epidemiología , Pandemias , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología , Trabajadores Sexuales , Servicios de Salud Comunitaria/organización & administración , Femenino , Financiación Gubernamental/organización & administración , Infecciones por VIH/prevención & control , Humanos , Masculino , Trabajadores Sexuales/legislación & jurisprudencia , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Tailandia/epidemiología
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PLoS Med ; 17(9): e1003297, 2020 09.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32931504

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BACKGROUND: The psychological health of female sex workers (FSWs) has emerged as a major public health concern in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Key risk factors include poverty, low education, violence, alcohol and drug use, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and stigma and discrimination. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to quantify the prevalence of mental health problems among FSWs in LMICs, and to examine associations with common risk factors. METHOD AND FINDINGS: The review protocol was registered with PROSPERO, number CRD42016049179. We searched 6 electronic databases for peer-reviewed, quantitative studies from inception to 26 April 2020. Study quality was assessed with the Centre for Evidence-Based Management (CEBM) Critical Appraisal Tool. Pooled prevalence estimates were calculated for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal behaviour. Meta-analyses examined associations between these disorders and violence, alcohol/drug use, condom use, and HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI). A total of 1,046 studies were identified, and 68 papers reporting on 56 unique studies were eligible for inclusion. These were geographically diverse (26 countries), representing all LMIC regions, and included 24,940 participants. All studies were cross-sectional and used a range of measurement tools; none reported a mental health intervention. Of the 56 studies, 14 scored as strong quality, 34 scored as moderate, and 8 scored as weak. The average age of participants was 28.9 years (age range: 11-64 years), with just under half (46%) having up to primary education or less. The pooled prevalence rates for mental disorders among FSWs in LMICs were as follows: depression 41.8% (95% CI 35.8%-48.0%), anxiety 21.0% (95% CI: 4.8%-58.4%), PTSD 19.7% (95% CI 3.2%-64.6%), psychological distress 40.8% (95% CI 20.7%-64.4%), recent suicide ideation 22.8% (95% CI 13.2%-36.5%), and recent suicide attempt 6.3% (95% CI 3.4%-11.4%). Meta-analyses found significant associations between violence experience and depression, violence experience and recent suicidal behaviour, alcohol use and recent suicidal behaviour, illicit drug use and depression, depression and inconsistent condom use with clients, and depression and HIV infection. Key study limitations include a paucity of longitudinal studies (necessary to assess causality), non-random sampling of participants by many studies, and the use of different measurement tools and cut-off scores to measure mental health problems and other common risk factors. CONCLUSIONS: In this study, we found that mental health problems are highly prevalent among FSWs in LMICs and are strongly associated with common risk factors. Study findings support the concept of overlapping vulnerabilities and highlight the urgent need for interventions designed to improve the mental health and well-being of FSWs.


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Trabajadores Sexuales/psicología , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Adolescente , Adulto , Ansiedad , Trastornos de Ansiedad , Niño , Estudios Transversales , Países en Desarrollo , Femenino , Infecciones por VIH/epidemiología , Humanos , Salud Mental , Persona de Mediana Edad , Pobreza , Prevalencia , Factores de Riesgo , Sexo Seguro , Conducta Sexual , Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual/epidemiología , Trastornos por Estrés Postraumático/epidemiología , Trastornos por Estrés Postraumático/psicología , Ideación Suicida , Intento de Suicidio , Violencia
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Public Health ; 185: 341-347, 2020 Aug.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738575

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OBJECTIVES: The burden of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis D virus (HDV) infections is unknown in Georgia. This analysis describes the prevalence of hepatitis B and coinfection with HDV and the demographic characteristics and risk factors for persons with HBV infection in Georgia. STUDY DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional seroprevalence study. METHODS: A cross-sectional, nationwide survey to assess hepatitis B prevalence among the general adult Georgian population (age ≥18 years) was conducted in 2015. Demographic and risk behavior data were collected. Blood specimens were screened for anti-hepatitis B core total antibody (anti-HBc). Anti-HBc-positive specimens were tested for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). HBsAg-positive specimens were tested for HBV and HDV nucleic acid. Nationally weighted prevalence estimates and adjusted odds ratios (aORs) for potential risk factors were determined for anti-HBc and HBsAg positivity. RESULTS: The national prevalence of anti-HBc and HBsAg positivity among adults were 25.9% and 2.9%, respectively. Persons aged ≥70 years had the highest anti-HBc positivity (32.7%), but the lowest HBsAg positivity prevalence (1.3%). Anti-HBc positivity was associated with injection drug use (aOR = 2.34; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.46-3.74), receipt of a blood transfusion (aOR = 1.68; 95% CI = 1.32-2.15), and sex with a commercial sex worker (aOR = 1.46; 95% CI = 1.06-2.01). HBsAg positivity was associated with receipt of a blood transfusion (aOR = 2.72; 95% CI = 1.54-4.80) and past incarceration (aOR = 2.72; 95% CI = 1.25-5.93). Among HBsAg-positive persons, 0.9% (95% CI = 0.0-2.0) were HDV coinfected. CONCLUSIONS: Georgia has an intermediate to high burden of hepatitis B, and the prevalence of HDV coinfection among HBV-infected persons is low. Existing infrastructure for hepatitis C elimination could be leveraged to promote hepatitis B elimination.


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Coinfección/epidemiología , Hepatitis B/epidemiología , Hepatitis D/epidemiología , Adolescente , Adulto , Anciano , Estudios Transversales , Femenino , Georgia/epidemiología , Anticuerpos contra la Hepatitis B/sangre , Antígenos de Superficie de la Hepatitis B/sangre , Virus de la Hepatitis B/aislamiento & purificación , Virus de la Hepatitis Delta/aislamiento & purificación , Humanos , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Prevalencia , Factores de Riesgo , Estudios Seroepidemiológicos , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Adulto Joven
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Sex Health ; 17(4): 384-386, 2020 08.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32838836

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Sex workers confront unique challenges in the face of COVID-19. Data from an international sex work website popular with cisgender men and transgender men and women suggest that, after a period of physical distancing, many sex workers are returning to in-person work: from May to August 2020, active sex work profiles increased 9.4% (P < 0.001) and newly created profiles increased by 35.6% (P < 0.001). Analysis of sex work and COVID-19 guidelines published by five community-based organisations found that they focused on altering sexual practices, enhancing hygiene and pivoting to virtual work. To capitalise on these guidelines, funding and research for implementation and evaluation are needed to support COVID-19 risk reduction strategies for sex workers.


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Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Promoción de la Salud/métodos , Pandemias/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Trabajo Sexual/estadística & datos numéricos , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Adulto , Betacoronavirus , Femenino , Humanos , Masculino , Sexo Seguro , Apoyo Social , Personas Transgénero/estadística & datos numéricos , Adulto Joven
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Public Health ; 186: 12-16, 2020 Sep.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32736308

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OBJECTIVES: Transgender-identifying sex workers (TGISWs) are among the most vulnerable groups but are rarely the focus of health research. Here we evaluated perceived barriers to healthcare access, risky sexual behaviours and exposure to violence in the United Kingdom (UK), based on a survey of all workers on BirchPlace, the main transgender sex commerce website in the UK. STUDY DESIGN: The study design used in the study is an opt-in text-message 12-item questionnaire. METHODS: Telephone contacts were harvested from BirchPlace's website (n = 592 unique and active numbers). The questionnaire was distributed with Qualtrics software, resulting in 53 responses. RESULTS: Our survey revealed significant reported barriers to healthcare access, exposure to risky sexual behaviours and to physical violence. Many transgender sex workers reportedly did not receive a sexual screening, and 28% engaged in condomless penetrative sex within the preceding six months, and 68% engaged in condomless oral sex. 17% responded that they felt unable to access health care they believed medically necessary. Half of the participants suggested their quality of life would be improved by law reform. CONCLUSIONS: TGISWs report experiencing a high level of risky sexual behaviour, physical violence and inadequate healthcare access. Despite a National Health System, additional outreach may be needed to ensure access to services by this population.


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Enfermedades Transmisibles/epidemiología , Accesibilidad a los Servicios de Salud/estadística & datos numéricos , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Personas Transgénero/estadística & datos numéricos , Violencia/estadística & datos numéricos , Femenino , Infecciones por VIH/epidemiología , Humanos , Internet , Masculino , Calidad de Vida , Factores de Riesgo , Autoinforme , Trabajo Sexual/legislación & jurisprudencia , Trabajo Sexual/estadística & datos numéricos , Trabajadores Sexuales/psicología , Conducta Sexual/estadística & datos numéricos , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Personas Transgénero/psicología , Reino Unido/epidemiología
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Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi ; 41(7): 1081-1085, 2020 Jul 10.
Artículo en Chino | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32741175

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Objective: To analyze the prevalence of anal sex and related factors in low-tier female sex workers (FSWs) in the demonstration areas of comprehensive AIDS responses (DACAR) in Zhejiang province. Method: In 2013, a survey on low-tier FSWs was carried out in 21 Demonstration Areas of AIDS Responses in Zhejiang. Experience of having anal sex with clients in the last month was taken as dependent variable while independent variables would include perception and characteristics related to behavior of the FSWs. The multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify the factors related to anal sex in low-tier FSWs. Results: A total of 2 645 low-tier FSWs were interviewed. Among these FSWs, 67.9% (1 796/2 645) were over 26 years old, 89.9% (2 378/2 645) were with education level of junior high school or below, 58.4% (1 546/2 645) were married, 78.2% (2 068/2 645) were from other provinces, 68.6% (1 814/2 645) had income level less than 4 000 Yuan, and rates of anal sex with client in the last month were 5.03% (133/2 645). Results from the multivariate logistic regression analysis of related factors of anal sex with client in the last month showed that among the low-tier FSWs, the venues of having commercial sex were in hair salons/massage parlors (OR=7.31, 95%CI: 2.27-23.59), roadside shops (OR=7.89, 95%CI: 2.27- 27.40) or other places (OR=4.65, 95%CI: 1.23-17.53), when compared with the street-women service. FSWs often engaged in commercial sex business in three or more counties (OR=1.68, 95%CI: 1.01-2.81), when compared with FSWs often engaged in commercial sex business just one county. FSWs had sex with only middle-aged and the elderly clients (OR=0.45, 95%CI: 0.30-0.66), when compared with FSWs had sex with young or middle-aged and the elderly clients. FSWs had risk perception for sexually transmitted disease (STD) (OR=2.00, 95%CI: 1.20-3.32), when compared with FSWs with no risk perception. FSWs had oral sex experience with their clients in the last month (OR=7.29, 95%CI: 4.78-11.12), when compared with the ones without oral sex. The above said factors were all related to the incidence of anal sex. Conclusions: Certain numbers of low-tier FSWs had anal sex experiences with their clients, especially those who had oral sex were more likely to have anal sex in DACAR in Zhejiang province. Attention should be paid to anal sex behavior when conducting behavior-related intervention programs, targeting on the low-tier FSWs.


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Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida/prevención & control , Trabajadores Sexuales/psicología , Conducta Sexual/estadística & datos numéricos , Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida/epidemiología , Adulto , China/epidemiología , Femenino , Humanos , Prevalencia , Factores de Riesgo , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Factores Socioeconómicos
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 636, 2020 Aug 27.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32854638

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BACKGROUND: Key populations - men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW) and people who inject drugs (PWID) - are at high risk for sexually transmitted infections (STI) given their sexual risk behaviours along with social, legal and structural barriers to prevention, care and treatment services. The purpose of this secondary analysis is to assess the prevalence of self-reported STIs and to describe associated risk factors among participations of the first Biological Behavioural Surveillance (BBS) in Mozambique. METHODS: Responses from the first BBS surveys conducted in 2011-2014 were aggregated across survey-cities to produce pooled estimates for each population. Aggregate weighted estimates were computed to analyse self-reported STI prevalence. Unweighted pooled estimates were used in multivariable logistic regression to identify risk factors associated with self-reported STI. RESULTS: The prevalence of self-reported STI was 11.9% (95% CI, 7.8-16.0), 33.6% (95% CI, 29.0-41.3), and 22.0% (95% CI, 17.0-27.0) among MSM, FSW and PWID, respectively. MSM who were circumcised, had HIV, reported drug use, reported receptive anal sex, and non-condom use with their last male partner had greater odds of STI self-report. STI-self report among FSW was associated with living in Beira, being married, employment aside from sex work, physical violence, sexual violence, drug use, access to comprehensive HIV prevention services, non-condom use with last client, and sexual relationship with a non-client romantic partner. Among PWID, risk factors for self-reported STI included living in Nampula/Nacala, access to HIV prevention services, and sex work. CONCLUSION: The high-burden of STIs among survey participants requires integrated HIV and STI prevention, treatment, and harm reduction services that address overlapping risk behaviours, especially injection drug use and sex work. A robust public health response requires the creation of a national STI surveillance system for better screening and diagnostic procedures within these vulnerable populations.


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Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual/epidemiología , Adolescente , Adulto , Femenino , Homosexualidad Masculina/estadística & datos numéricos , Humanos , Masculino , Mozambique/epidemiología , Prevalencia , Factores de Riesgo , Asunción de Riesgos , Autoinforme , Trabajo Sexual , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Parejas Sexuales , Minorías Sexuales y de Género , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Adulto Joven
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Rev Chilena Infectol ; 37(1): 32-36, 2020 Feb.
Artículo en Español | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32730397

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BACKGROUND: Sex workers, people with drug addiction, early onset of sexual activity population, and criminal population, are considered the groups most at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). AIM: To determine the prevalence of infection by Neisseria gonorrhoeae in inmates of the Preventive Detention Center (CDP) at Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile. The Scientific Ethical Committee of Universidad de Tarapacá approved this study. METHOD: 140 inmates participated, who voluntarily agreed to be part of the study and signed an informed consent. A sample of urethral meatus was taken to investigate N. gonorrhoeae, and an epidemiological survey was applied, which included age, drug use, overcrowding, among others. RESULTS: The prevalence of the agent was 16.4% in inmates of the Arica CDP, a result lower than that reported in other similar studies. CONCLUSION: Knowing the reality of the prevalence of this STI and some risk factors associated with the situation of deprivation of freedom in a tri-border area of northern Chile, contributes to the proposals for prevention programs in this vulnerable and at-risk population.


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Gonorrea , Prisioneros , Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual , Chile/epidemiología , Gonorrea/epidemiología , Gonorrea/prevención & control , Humanos , Neisseria gonorrhoeae/aislamiento & purificación , Prevalencia , Prisioneros/estadística & datos numéricos , Factores de Riesgo , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual/epidemiología , Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual/prevención & control
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0235094, 2020.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32609731

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INTRODUCTION: Between 2014 and 2017, a program aimed at reducing HIV risk and promoting safe sex through consistent use of condoms sought to work through addressing social and economic vulnerabilities and strengthening community-led organizations (COs) of female sex workers (FSWs). This study examines if the program was effective by studying relationship between strengthening of COs, vulnerability reduction, and sustaining of consistent condom use behavior among FSWs. METHODS: We used a longitudinal study design to assess the change in outcomes. A three-stage sampling design was used to select FSWs for the study. Panel data of 2085 FSWs selected from 38 COs across five states of India was used to examine the change in various outcomes from 2015 (Survey Round 1) to 2017 (Survey Round 2). The CO level program pillar measuring institutional development assessed performance of COs in six domains critical for any organization's functionality and sustainability: governance, project management, financial management, program monitoring, advocacy and networking, and resource mobilization. Overall, 32 indicators from all these domains were used to compute the CO strength score. A score was computed by taking mean of average dimension scores. The overall score was divided into two groups based on the median cutoff; COs which scored below the median were considered to have low CO strength, while COs which scored above or equal to median were considered to have high CO strength. Multivariable regression modeling techniques were used to examine the effect of program pillars on outcome measures. RESULTS: Analyses showed a significant improvement in the strength of the COs over time; percentage of COs having high strength improved from 50% in 2015 to 87% in Round 2. The improvement in CO's strength increased financial security (Adjusted Odds Ratio [AOR]: 2.18, p<0.01), social welfare security (AOR: 1.71, p<0.01), and socio-legal security (AOR: 2.20, p<0.01) among FSWs. Further, improvement in financial security led to significant increase in consistent condom use with client among FSWs (AOR: 1.69, p<0.01) who were members of COs having high strength. Sustained consistent condom use was positively associated with young age (<30 years), ability to negotiate with clients for condom use, membership in self-help groups, high self-efficacy, self-confidence, and client solicitation in streets and brothels. CONCLUSIONS: Improving financial security and strengthening FSW led CO can improve sustained and consistent condom use. In addition, the program should focus on enhancing ability of FSWs to negotiate with clients for condom use, promote membership in self-help groups and target FSWs who are 30 years or older, and soliciting from homes to sustain consistent condom use across all FSWs.


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Sexo Seguro , Trabajo Sexual , Trabajadores Sexuales , Adulto , Condones/estadística & datos numéricos , Femenino , Humanos , India , Sexo Seguro/estadística & datos numéricos , Grupos de Autoayuda/estadística & datos numéricos , Trabajo Sexual/estadística & datos numéricos , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Poblaciones Vulnerables/estadística & datos numéricos
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Arch Virol ; 165(9): 1947-1958, 2020 Sep.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32617764

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Coinfections of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and/or hepatitis B virus (HBV) with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) are associated with high morbidity and mortality and poor prognosis. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of HCV and/or HBV coinfections among people who inject drugs (PWID) and female sex workers (FSWs) who live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Data sources were searched from January 2008 to October 2018 in different databases, including PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Embase, and Ovid. Data were analyzed in Stata 14 software using the Metaprop command. The results showed that the prevalence of HCV among PWID and FSWs with HIV/AIDS was 72% (95% CI: 59%-83%) and 40% (95% CI: 0%-94%), respectively. The prevalence of HBV among PWID and FSWs with HIV/AIDS was 8% (95% CI: 5%-13%) and 2% (95% CI: 0%-7%), respectively, and the prevalence of HCV/HBV in PWID with HIV/AIDS was 11% (95% CI: 7%-15%). The highest prevalence of HCV was observed in PWID in the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe regions, and the lowest was observed in the Africa region. The South-East Asia region had the highest prevalence of HBV among PWID, and the Africa region had the lowest prevalence. The high prevalence of HCV coinfection among PWID and FSWs with HIV/AIDS was an alarming health problem and requires appropriate interventions. Therefore, considering that these populations are key populations for HCV elimination, it is recommended to screen them regularly for HCV. In addition, harm reduction and HBV vaccination should be carefully considered.


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Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida/virología , Hepatitis B/epidemiología , Hepatitis C/epidemiología , Abuso de Sustancias por Vía Intravenosa/virología , Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida/epidemiología , Adulto , Coinfección/epidemiología , Coinfección/virología , Femenino , VIH/aislamiento & purificación , VIH/fisiología , Hepacivirus/aislamiento & purificación , Hepacivirus/fisiología , Hepatitis B/virología , Virus de la Hepatitis B/aislamiento & purificación , Virus de la Hepatitis B/fisiología , Hepatitis C/virología , Humanos , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Prevalencia , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Abuso de Sustancias por Vía Intravenosa/epidemiología , Adulto Joven
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Public Health ; 185: 254-260, 2020 Aug.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32688101

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OBJECTIVE: United Nations Programme on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and World Health Organization believe that some of the benchmark numbers collected may be inaccurate when using the multiplier method to estimate the size of populations most at risk of acquiring HIV. Here, study data have been evaluated to characterize the inaccurate benchmark numbers. STUDY DESIGN: The study design used is a systematic review. METHODS: Studies published from 1 January 2004 to 1 December 2019 using the multiplier method to estimate the population proportions of men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSWs) in China were reviewed. Five electronic bibliographic databases were searched: Medline, the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, VIP Database for Chinese Technical Periodicals, Wanfang Data, and the Chinese BioMedical Literature Database. RESULTS: In all eight studies of FSW, six of the estimated population proportions fell within the range of national estimates. However, the estimated MSM population proportions of all 18 studies fell outside the range of national estimates. CONCLUSIONS: When estimating the MSM population, the use of benchmark numbers from homosexual websites or MSM-frequented sites usually led to an inaccurate estimation. Therefore, benchmark numbers from services/programs that meet fundamental needs, such as those dealing with health and wellness, should be used.


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Recolección de Datos/métodos , Infecciones por VIH/epidemiología , Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida/epidemiología , Adolescente , Adulto , China/epidemiología , Femenino , Homosexualidad Masculina/estadística & datos numéricos , Humanos , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Vigilancia de la Población/métodos , Factores de Riesgo , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Minorías Sexuales y de Género/estadística & datos numéricos , Adulto Joven
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BMC Public Health ; 20(1): 959, 2020 Jun 18.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32552722

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BACKGROUND: HIV testing is a gateway to HIV care and treatment for people diagnosed with HIV and can link those with negative results to HIV preventive services. Despite the importance of HIV testing services (HTS) in HIV control, uptake of HTS among female sex workers (FSWs) across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains sub-optimal. Concerns about stigma associated with sex work and fear of loss of livelihood if HIV status becomes known, are some of the restrictions for FSWs to utilize HTS offered through health care facilities. Introduction of HIV self-testing (HIVST) may mitigate some of the barriers for the uptake of HTS. This study explored the acceptability of FSWs towards the introduction of HIVST in Tanzania. METHODS: We conducted an exploratory study employing in-depth interviews (IDI) and participatory group discussions (PGD) with FSWs in selected regions of Tanzania. Study participants were recruited through snowball sampling. Data were thematically analysed by two analysts using NVivo software. The analysis was informed by the social-ecological model and focused on factors associated with the acceptability of HIVST. RESULTS: We conducted 21 PGD sessions involving 227 FSWs. Twenty three IDIs were conducted to complement data collected through PGD. Our study has demonstrated that FSWs are enthusiastic toward HIVST. Convenience (time and cost saved), and belief that HIVST will increase privacy and confidentiality motivated participants' support for the self-testing approach. Participants did express concerns about their ability to interpret and trust the results of the test. Participants also expressed concern that HIVST could cause personal harm, including severe distress and self-harm for individuals with a reactive test. Very likely, concern about adverse effects of HIVST was linked to the study participants' lay perception that HIVST would be provided only through unassisted modality. CONCLUSIONS: FSWs demonstrated high enthusiasm to use the HIVST once it becomes available. Expectations for increased confidentiality, autonomy, and reduced opportunity costs were among the leading factors that attracted FSWs to HIVST. The major obstacles to the acceptability of HIVST included fear of HIV reactive test and not trusting self-diagnoses. Our findings underscore the importance of providing adequate access to counselling and referral services in conjunction with HIVST.


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Infecciones por VIH/prevención & control , Autoexamen/psicología , Pruebas Serológicas/psicología , Trabajo Sexual/psicología , Trabajadores Sexuales/psicología , Estigma Social , Adulto , Consejo/estadística & datos numéricos , Femenino , Infecciones por VIH/psicología , Humanos , Masculino , Tamizaje Masivo/psicología , Aceptación de la Atención de Salud/psicología , Autoexamen/estadística & datos numéricos , Pruebas Serológicas/estadística & datos numéricos , Trabajo Sexual/estadística & datos numéricos , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Tanzanía , Confianza
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BMC Public Health ; 20(1): 1015, 2020 Jun 26.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32590975

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As countries strive to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, female sex workers (FSW) and their children still face barriers to accessing these essential services. Data on FSW uptake of HIV and reproductive health services before, during, and after pregnancy reveal inadequate service utilization. Stigma encountered by FSW in healthcare settings may contribute to low uptake of HIV testing, antiretroviral therapy (ART), and other prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services. Coordination between community-based FSW and facility-based PMTCT programs can facilitate successful linkage of pregnant FSW to antenatal services to support PMTCT efforts. We offer a way forward to reach 90-90-90 targets for FSW and their families and eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


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Infecciones por VIH/prevención & control , Infecciones por VIH/transmisión , Transmisión Vertical de Enfermedad Infecciosa/prevención & control , Complicaciones Infecciosas del Embarazo/prevención & control , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Poblaciones Vulnerables/estadística & datos numéricos , Adulto , Femenino , Infecciones por VIH/epidemiología , Humanos , Embarazo , Complicaciones Infecciosas del Embarazo/epidemiología , Factores de Riesgo , Estigma Social
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PLoS One ; 15(5): e0233026, 2020.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32413084

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To achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets at a national level, many countries must accelerate service coverage among key populations. To do this, key population programs have adopted methods similar to those used in respondent-driven sampling (RDS) to expand reach. A deeper understanding of factors from RDS surveys that enhance health service engagement can improve key population programs. To understand the in-depth lives of key populations, acceptance of expanded point-of-care biological testing and determine drivers of participation in RDS surveys, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 111 key population participants (12-65 years) were purposefully selected from six biobehavioral surveys (BBS) in three cities in Papua New Guinea. Key populations were female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender women. Four reasons motivated individuals to participate in the BBS: peer referrals; private, confidential, and stigma-free study facilities; "one-stop shop" services that provided multiple tests and with same-day results, sexually transmitted infection treatment, and referrals; and the desire to know ones' health status. Biobehavioral surveys, and programs offering key population services can incorporate the approach we used to facilitate key population engagement in the HIV cascade.


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Servicios de Salud , Salud Sexual , Minorías Sexuales y de Género , Adolescente , Adulto , Anciano , Niño , Confidencialidad , Femenino , Accesibilidad a los Servicios de Salud , Necesidades y Demandas de Servicios de Salud/estadística & datos numéricos , Homosexualidad Masculina/estadística & datos numéricos , Humanos , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Motivación , Papúa Nueva Guinea , Participación del Paciente/estadística & datos numéricos , Sistemas de Atención de Punto , Trabajadores Sexuales/estadística & datos numéricos , Conducta Sexual , Minorías Sexuales y de Género/estadística & datos numéricos , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Personas Transgénero/estadística & datos numéricos , Adulto Joven
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