India: A Study Comparing Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV Among Ex-Red-Light District and Non-Red-Light District Sex Workers After the Demolition of Baina Red-Light District
October 9, 2009
Goa's red-light district was demolished in 2004. In the current study, the researchers compared HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) between sex workers who had been based in the Baina red-light district (ex-RLD-SWs) with those who had never worked in Baina (non-RLD-SWs).
"Non-RLD-SWs were more likely to be engaged in high-risk sexual activity," the investigators concluded. "Although partly explained by lack of exposure to HIV prevention and inconsistent condom use, social and professional isolation and greater experience of intimate partner and sexual violence may play a role."
10.09.2009; Vol. 52; No. 2: P. 253-257; Maryam Shahmanesh, MA, MSc, MRCP; Sonali Wayal, MA, MSc; Andrew Copas, MSc, PhD; Vikram Patel, MD, PhD; David Mabey, DM, FRCP; Frances Cowan, MD, MSc, FRCP
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