2011. 9 p.
International Journal of Women's Health
This qualitative study aimed to understand how knowledge of HIV and risk perceptiosn influence safer sex practices among female sex workers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Focus group discussions and semistructured interviews were used to gather data on female sex workers (FSW) (n=174) from 19 sites. FSWs also completed a structured, demographic questionnaire. Although some FSWs had misconceptions, the majority knew about HIV risk, transmission and prevention methods. However, the majority used condoms "sometimes," about one-sixth "never" and a small percentage "always" with clients, and none "always" used condoms with regular partners. Knowledge in this situation did not translate into safer sexual practices. These results indicate that contextual barriers to condom use exist. These should be taken into account when designing interventions. Interventions should focus on condom self-efficacy among FSW and should target clients and regular sexual partners with prevention information.
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