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Selling sex: female street prostitution and HIV risk behaviour in Glasgow.


AIDS Care. 1992;4(4):395-407. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE MED/93152608

Female prostitutes have often been seen as a major source of HIV infection. In this paper we report on a study of HIV-related risk behaviour among street prostitutes in Glasgow. This paper is based on street interviews using a standardized schedule with 68 women. We focus on the extent of HIV testing amongst the women, travel, the sexual services provided, the use of condoms with clients and private partners, and the extent of drug injecting and equipment sharing by the women. It is shown that female street prostitution within Glasgow is, at present, unlikely to be associated with significant heterosexual spread of HIV as most commercial sex is with a condom. However, some risk activities are continuing. Additionally, prostitutes report worrying rates of condom failure with clients. It is suggested that attention should switch away from an exclusive focus on women selling sexual services to target the men who purchase sex. These data indicate that much of the pressure for these women to provide unprotected sex comes from their clients.

Adolescence Adult AIDS Serodiagnosis Condoms Female Health Behavior Human HIV Infections/PREVENTION & CONTROL/*TRANSMISSION HIV Seroprevalence/*TRENDS Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Needle Sharing/STATISTICS & NUMER DATA Prostitution/*STATISTICS & NUMER DATA Risk Factors Scotland/EPIDEMIOLOGY Sex Behavior Support, Non-U.S. Gov't *Urban Population JOURNAL ARTICLE


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