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Understanding the social needs of streetwalking prostitutes.


Soc Work. 1996 Jan;41(1):97-105. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The social dynamics of prostitution render prostitutes unable at times to meet basic human needs, vulnerable to violence, and at risk for sexually transmitted disease. Since April 1989 a mobile van from a private foundation has been contacting prostitutes throughout the five boroughs of New York City to provide HIV testing and counseling and to distribute condoms, bleach kits for cleaning needles, and HIV prevention information. Data collected from 1,963 female prostitutes are discussed in this article. Information is provided on demographics, family and living arrangements, sex and drug practices, HIV status and risk reduction practices, and health history. Methods are discussed for social workers to develop creative ways to provide outreach and develop relationships with a vulnerable population that invests much effort in remaining concealed.

Adult AIDS Serodiagnosis Community-Institutional Relations Condoms Counseling Disinfection Family Characteristics Female Human HIV Infections/PREVENTION & CONTROL Needles New York City *Prostitution Risk Assessment Risk Factors Sex Behavior Sexually Transmitted Diseases/ETIOLOGY Social Environment *Social Work Sodium Hypochlorite Substance Abuse Violence JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW REVIEW, TUTORIAL


Information in this article was accurate in May 30, 1996. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.