Study Examines How Population's Percentage of Female Commercial Sex Workers Affects HIV/AIDS Prevalence
June 21, 2007
"Size Matters: The Number of Prostitutes and the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic," PLoS One: John Talbott of Africans Against AIDS used cross-country linear and multiple regressions based on new UNAIDS data to determine that the number of female commercial sex workers as a percentage of the adult female population is positively correlated with HIV/AIDS prevalence nationwide. Talbott also found that literacy levels among women, differences in literacy levels between genders and inequalities in income also are positively correlated with HIV/AIDS prevalence -- a finding that confirms the results of previous studies. In addition, Muslims as a percentage of the population -- which is correlated with male circumcision rates and previously has been found to negatively correlate with HIV/AIDS prevalence -- is not significant when the percentage of commercial sex workers is taken into account, according to Talbott.
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