Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1019 (abstract no. 60106). Unique Identifier :
OBJECTIVES: To determine the factors of mobility and environmental
conditions which increases the vulnerability of Filipinas in Malaysia.
To identify the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices of Filipinas
with regards to HIV/AIDS. DESIGN: Participatory research involving the
target community focusing on the health, knowledge, attitudes and sexual
behavior of Filipinas with regads HIV/AIDS. METHODS: A KABP was
administered by Filipina interviewers trained by the NGO. Tenaganita.
The research was also monitored by the NGO. 2 Focus Group Discussions,
informal interviews and observations along with secondary data analysis
complemented the survey. RESULTS: A high majority believed that sharing
needles and sex with PWAs causes AIDS, but very few knew that HIV caused
AIDS. A very small number thought that sex with multiple partners was
risky behavior. Condom usage was very poor. The research also dispelled
notions that Filipinas were permissive and doubled up as sex workers.
Areas of future research must focus on partners and spouses at home.
There is a need for more education interventions on STDS/HIV/AIDS, and
condom use. Vulnerable sub-populations of Filipinas who need support are
entertainers, workers in resorts and part-time sex workers. There is a
need for developing pre and post departure and arrival programs for
Filipinas in Malaysia.
MEETING ABSTRACTS Adult *Developing Countries Female Health
Education *Housekeeping Human HIV Infections/PREVENTION &
CONTROL/*TRANSMISSION Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Malaysia Male
Occupational Diseases/*ETIOLOGY/PREVENTION & CONTROL
Philippines/ETHNOLOGY Risk Factors Sex Behavior *Transients and