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Risk behaviours for HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases among female sex workers from Copenhagen.


Int J STD AIDS. 1994 Sep-Oct;5(5):365-7. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

In 1990-91, 237 female sex workers from Copenhagen were enrolled in a larger study performed in 9 European countries. None of 206 women accepting serological testing was HIV-infected despite the fact that 36 (17.5%) were injecting drug users (IDU). Whereas 95% of the women always used condoms with clients over the last 6 months, this proportion was 25% and 9% respectively for casual and regular non-paying partners (P < 0.0001 for both comparisons). Those reporting at least one STD over the last year had more non-paying sexual partners than the others (P < 0.01) and the frequency of STD was lower in women who always used condoms with non-paying partners (7% vs 31%, P = 0.01). Women working on the street were more often IDU than others (78% vs 7%, P < 0.001). Independently of drug use, street prostitutes also tended to have more clients (P = 0.007) and more STD (P = 0.05). The striking differences in condom use with clients as compared to non-paying partners and the association between STD and sexual behaviours with such partners but not with clients show that specific interventions should be designed to promote safer sex with non-paying partners.

Adult Condoms/UTILIZATION Denmark/EPIDEMIOLOGY Female Human HIV Infections/BLOOD/COMPLICATIONS/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION *HIV Seroprevalence Incidence *Population Surveillance Prostitution/*PSYCHOLOGY *Risk-Taking Sexual Partners Sexually Transmitted Diseases/COMPLICATIONS/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/ PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION Substance Abuse, Intravenous/COMPLICATIONS/EPIDEMIOLOGY Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Urban Population JOURNAL ARTICLE MULTICENTER STUDY


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