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Estimates of the number of female sex workers in different regions of the world

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dc.contributor.author Vandepitte, J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lyerla, R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Dallabetta, G. en_US
dc.contributor.author Crabbé, F. en_US
dc.contributor.author Alary, M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Buvé, A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-12-06T14:48:31Z
dc.date.available 2007-12-06T14:48:31Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1368-4973 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sti.2006.020081
dc.identifier.other ITG-M1A en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-M4A en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-MLA en_US
dc.identifier.other MICRO en_US
dc.identifier.other U-HIVSTD en_US
dc.identifier.other JIF en_US
dc.identifier.other DOI en_US
dc.identifier.other FTA en_US
dc.identifier.other ABSTRACT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/2008
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVES: To collect estimated numbers of female sex workers (FSW) and present proportions of FSW in the female population (FSW prevalence) in different regions of the world. METHODS: Subnational and national estimated numbers of FSW reported in published and unpublished literature, as well as from field investigators involved in research or interventions targeted at FSW, were collected. The proportion of FSW in the adult female population was calculated. Subnational estimates were extrapolated to national estimates if appropriate. Population surveys were scanned for proportions of adult women having sex in exchange for money or goods. RESULTS: In sub-Saharan Africa, the FSW prevalence in the capitals ranged between 0.7% and 4.3% and in other urban areas between 0.4% and 4.3%. Population surveys from this same region yielded even higher proportions of women involved in transactional sex. The national FSW prevalence in Asia ranged between 0.2% and 2.6%; in the ex-Russian Federation between 0.1% and 1.5%; in East Europe between 0.4% and 1.4%; in West Europe between 0.1% and 1.4%; and in Latin America between 0.2% and 7.4%. Estimates from rural areas were only available from one country. CONCLUSIONS: Although it is well known and accepted that FSW are a highly vulnerable group in the scope of the HIV epidemic, most countries in the world do not know the size of this population group. The estimates of the prevalence of FSW presented in this paper show how important this hard-to-reach population group is in all parts of the world. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group en_US
dc.subject Prostitutes en_US
dc.subject Prevalence en_US
dc.subject Estimation en_US
dc.subject Urban en_US
dc.subject Regional differences en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Asia en_US
dc.subject Europe, East en_US
dc.subject Europe, West en_US
dc.subject America, Latin en_US
dc.title Estimates of the number of female sex workers in different regions of the world en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.citation.issue Suppl.III en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Sexually Transmitted Infections en_US
dc.citation.volume 82 en_US
dc.citation.pages iii18-iii25 en_US
dc.publisher.place London en_US
dc.identifier.pmid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16735288
dc.citation.jabbreviation Sex Transm Infect en_US


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