Dhaka: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, 2009. 34 p.
Huq, Nafisa Lira
Chowdhury, Mahbub Elahi
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
This study aims to examine changes in knowledge, attitude and behavioural practices of the female sex workers (FSWs) for STI and HIV and AIDS prevention and to understand the socio-cultural context for these changes in the selected brothels. It shows that the peer educators were found to be acceptable and credible facilitators to the FSWs in brothels. It shows that FSWs' high knowledge of STIs/HIV/AIDS was not always supported by the skills to negotiate with the clients. Therefore, more life skills training and role-playing exercises will be part of the training program for the FSWs. Involvement of Babus and other stakeholders, such as the owner of the brothel, local police department, service providers at the referral centres into the program and training of the care providers on human rights and interpersonal communication skills will also help to make HIV interventions for FSWs a success.
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