Poverty and InequalitySexual and Reproductive HealthFamily, Maternal & Child HealthMethodology

Contraceptive utilization among new exotic dancers: a cross-sectional study

TitleContraceptive utilization among new exotic dancers: a cross-sectional study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsTerplan, M, Martin, CE, Nail, J, Sherman, SG
JournalHarm Reduct J
Date PublishedNov 12
ISBN Number1477-7517
Accession Number30419913
Keywordscontraception, Exotic dancer, Harm reduction, Substance use disorder

BACKGROUND: Female exotic dancers are a population at high risk of unintended pregnancy. The objective of this study is to describe the reproductive health needs and contraceptive utilization of exotic dancers. METHODS: New exotic dancers (< 6 months dancing) from 26 clubs in Baltimore City/County completed a one-time survey. RESULTS: Of 117 participants, 96 (82%) had current contraceptive need. The mean age was 24 years, and 55% were black. Sex work (45%), alcohol use disorder (73%), illicit (44%; e.g., heroin, crack, cocaine), and injection drug use (8%) were common. The majority (66%) reported contraception use in the prior 6 months. Condoms were reported by 46% whereas 45% reported non-barrier methods, most commonly hormonal injection. Consistent condom use was rare (3%), and only 11% used a long-acting reversible method. CONCLUSIONS: Despite their unique reproductive health vulnerabilities, female exotic dancers have unmet contraceptive needs. Targeted harm reduction strategies are needed to fill this gap.