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Characteristics of female sex workers and their HIV/AIDS/STI knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in semi-urban areas in South Africa

K. Peltzer, P. Seoka, S. Raphala
Curationis | Vol 27, No 1 | a945 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v27i1.945 | © 2004 K. Peltzer, P. Seoka, S. Raphala | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2004 | Published: 28 September 2004

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K. Peltzer, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
P. Seoka, Health Behaviour Research Unit, South Africa
S. Raphala, Health Behaviour Research Unit, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate characteristics of female sex workers and their HIV/AIDS/STI knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in semi-urban areas in South Africa. The sample included 70 female sex workers from the Tzaneen and Phalaborwa area in the Limpopo Province. A modified form of snowball sampling known as “targeted” sampling was used for identifying female sex workers. Results showed an inadequate knowledge of HIV prevention methods and some incorrect beliefs about AIDS transmission. Most sex workers reported condom use with their last sex client, inconsistent condom use with paying partners, and had poor condom use with regular partners. One third were drinking alcohol daily, one quarter had had voluntary HIV tests, and three quarters had been exposed to HIV interventions. Findings are discussed and implications for HIV interventions outlined.

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