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Sexually transmitted infections, drug use, and risky sex among female sex workers in Guyana
  1. Navindra E Persaud,
  2. Winslow I Klaskala,
  3. Marianna K Baum,
  4. Robert C Duncan
  1. Fogarty International Training Program, University of Miami and Ministry of Health, Guyana
  2. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami
  3. Fogarty International Training Program, University of Miami
  1. Dr Navindra E Persaud, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (D21), Division of Metabolism and Disease Prevention, Dominion Tower, PO Box 016960, Miami, FL, 33101., USA npersaud{at}

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In Guyana, a steep increase in HIV seroprevalence was observed among female commercial sex workers (CSWs) during the last decade; from no evidence of HIV infection in 1988, to 25% in 1993, and 46% in 1997.13 The dynamics of transmission as well as the distribution and determinants of high risk sex among them are poorly understood. The aim of this survey was to describe factors that may facilitate HIV transmission in this population.


Ethical clearance was obtained from the ministry of health. In 1997, a survey was conducted among 73 street based and 51 brothel based female CSWs. Following verbal consent, a pretested questionnaire was administered by trained interviewers to collect data on sociodemographics, condom use, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), …

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