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Sex Transm Infect 81:187-188 doi:10.1136/sti.2004.011890
  • Letter

High HIV risk profile among female commercial sex workers in Vinnitsa, Ukraine

  1. P Kyrychenko1,
  2. V Polonets2
  1. 1Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Vinnitsa Pirogov National Medical University, Vinnitsa, Ukraine
  2. 2Vinnitsa Non-government Organization “Stalist,” Vinnitsa, Ukraine
  1. Correspondence to:
 Pavlo Kyrychenko
 Teatralnaya St 7, Apt 9, Vinnitsa, 21000, Ukraine; kyrychenkm.ru
  • Accepted 4 August 2004

In many countries significantly higher rates of HIV infection have been documented among sex workers compared to most other population groups.1 We have analysed HIV risk behaviour among the female commercial sex workers in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, because this issue is still unstudied in the country.

The study protocol was approved by the ethics committee of Vinnitsa Pirogov Medical University. Data collection was carried out in May to July, 2003 using a cross sectional design with a self reported questionnaire method and was linked to the programme “Network of mobile and information support for female sex workers” operated by the non-government organisation (NGO) “Stalist.” This programme provides informational support, medical service, and condoms for female sex workers …