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The Role of a Regular Sex Partner in Sexually Transmitted Infections and Re-infections: Results From the Study of Female Entertainment Establishment Workers in the Philippines

September 14, 2007

The researchers' objective in the current study was "to understand the association between living with a regular sex partner, risk-taking behaviors, and one's history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)." Using a large-scale participatory research survey, they obtained data on sexual behavior and STI history from 876 Filipina entertainment establishment workers (FEEWs).

About one-third of the FEEWs reported living with a regular sex partner. Compared with those who were partnered, single FEEWs were significantly more likely to engage in commercial sex. Single status, commercial sex work, and inconsistent condom use were significantly associated with history of STIs.

The authors concluded that the study's results "suggest that living with a regular sex partner is an independent and protective factor against having an initial STI and subsequent re-infection. Programmatic strategies aimed at reducing STIs among entertainment establishment workers through promoting safer sex behaviors could potentially benefit by including a component that addresses sexual networks."

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Adapted from:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
08..2007; Vol. 34; No. 8: P. 534-540; Chi Chiao, Ph.D.; Donald E. Morisky, Sc.D.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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