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Associations of sex trafficking history with recent sexual risk among HIV-infected FSWs in India

TitleAssociations of sex trafficking history with recent sexual risk among HIV-infected FSWs in India
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSilverman, JG, Saggurti, N, Cheng, DM, Decker, MR, Coleman, SM, Bridden, C, Pardeshi, M, Dasgupta, A, Samet, JH, Raj, A
JournalAIDS Behav
Volume18
Pagination555-61
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1573-3254 (Electronic)1090-7165 (Linking)
Accession Number23955657
Keywords*Human Trafficking, *Risk-Taking, Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Alcohol Drinking/epidemiology, Child, Condoms/utilization, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, HIV Infections/*epidemiology/prevention & control/transmission, Humans, India/epidemiology, Prevalence, Sex Work/*statistics & numerical data, Sex Workers/*psychology/statistics & numerical data, Sexual Behavior/statistics & numerical data, Unsafe Sex/*statistics & numerical data, Young Adult
Abstract

History of forced or coerced sex work entry and/or sex work entry prior to age 18 (i.e., sex trafficking) relate to early HIV risk; whether such risk persists is unclear. The current study assessed associations of reported sex trafficking histories and recent sexual risk among adult HIV-infected female sex workers (FSWs; n = 211) in Mumbai, India. Approximately one-half reported entering sex work prior to age 18 (50.2 %) or being forced or coerced into sex work (41.7 %). Past 90-day unprotected transactional sex was more prevalent among FSWs entering as minors than those entering as adults (AOR 2.06); in contrast, being forced or coerced into sex work related to reduction in such risk for HIV transmission (AOR 0.45). Histories of each form of sex trafficking may relate differently to later HIV risk. Intervention with HIV-infected FSWs entering sex work as minors should be prioritized based on potential elevated risk of HIV transmission.

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