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Sexually Transmitted Infections among Street, Hotel, and Residence-Based Female Sex Workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Prevalence from Three HIV/STI Drop-in-Centers

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Department of Public Health, North South University, Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh
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Lighthouse Bangladesh, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh
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School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Received: 27 November 2020 / Revised: 6 January 2021 / Accepted: 19 January 2021 / Published: 21 January 2021
Introduction: Considering a growing number of female sex workers (FSWs) in Bangladesh, there remains a greater need to reduce sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates, as lower social and cultural status cause FSWs to have less access to education, employment opportunities, and health care, including opportunities for HIV tests, counseling, and medical care. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 546 street, hotel, and residence-based FSWs. This current study aimed to identify the prevalence and to ascertain the associated risk factors among the FSW populations in Dhaka. Results: We found a majority of the participants were in the working age of more than 26 years for the FSW profession, with a mean age of 28 years. While the majority were unemployed (42.5%), alcohol abuse (p = 0.01) and drug dependency (p = 0.01) had an association, and inconsistency of condom use had a higher risk factor (AOR = 3.54) for a new STI case. Conclusions: FSW-oriented service platform should be integrated with health literacy interventions in urban and rural locations in Bangladesh. Understanding the differences in risk patterns and tailoring intervention will increase contraception use and lower STI cases and improve overall FSW quality of life. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexually transmitted infections; sexual health; female sex workers; STI; sexual behavior; healthcare access; developing country; Bangladesh sexually transmitted infections; sexual health; female sex workers; STI; sexual behavior; healthcare access; developing country; Bangladesh
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Farabi, T.J.; Jahangir, Y.T.; Clara, A.A.; Nabi, M.H.; Hawlader, M.D.H. Sexually Transmitted Infections among Street, Hotel, and Residence-Based Female Sex Workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Prevalence from Three HIV/STI Drop-in-Centers. Sexes 2021, 2, 69-78. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2010006

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Farabi TJ, Jahangir YT, Clara AA, Nabi MH, Hawlader MDH. Sexually Transmitted Infections among Street, Hotel, and Residence-Based Female Sex Workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Prevalence from Three HIV/STI Drop-in-Centers. Sexes. 2021; 2(1):69-78. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2010006

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Farabi, Tasmia J., Yamin T. Jahangir, Afrin A. Clara, Mohammad H. Nabi, and Mohammad D.H. Hawlader 2021. "Sexually Transmitted Infections among Street, Hotel, and Residence-Based Female Sex Workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Prevalence from Three HIV/STI Drop-in-Centers" Sexes 2, no. 1: 69-78. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2010006

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