A Study on STI Morbidity Pattern and STI Treatment Seeking Behavior among Female Sex Workers of Davangere City, Central Karnataka - Volume 3, No.1, January, 2014 - IJLBPR
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A Study on STI Morbidity Pattern and STI Treatment Seeking Behavior among Female Sex Workers of Davangere City, Central Karnataka

H O Girish1, Aswin Kumar2, and Balu P S3
1. Subbaiah Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Shimoga, Karnataka
2. SS Institute of Medical Sciences & RC, Davangere, Karnataka
3. JJM Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka
Abstract—Objectives: To know the STI morbidity pattern and STI treatment seeking behavior among female sex workers of Davangere city. Methodology: Study design: Cross-sectional community based descriptive study. Setting: conducted at Davangere city from 16-01-2011 to 15-01-2012 (one year). Participants: Derived sample of 200 Female sex workers practicing sex-work for atleast past one year and consenting to participate in study. Data collection: Participants were approached through peer workers and interviewed using the modified questionnaire of behaviour surveillance survey. Results: Mean age of respondents was 32.7 years. 64% were illiterate. 84% experienced one or the other STI symptoms in last 12 months. Most commonly reported STI symptom was per-vaginal discharge (53%) followed by pain during intercourse (35%). 51.2% utilized services at NGO clinic, 11.3% took treatment at Government hospital. 15% sought treatment within 1 week while 23.2% did not take any treatment during last episode of STI symptom. Self reported HIV reactivity was 4%. Most of the FSW’s were irregular in condom usage both with paying and non-paying partners. Conclusion: FSW’s are experiencing more STI symptoms. Long time gap exists between experiencing STI symptoms and approaching doctor. Most of the FSW’s prefer NGO run clinic for seeking treatment for STI. Concern arises about inconsistent condom usage both with paying clients and non paying partners. 

Index Terms—female sex workers, condoms, HIV, STI

Cite: H O Girish, Aswin Kumar, and Balu P S, "A Study on STI Morbidity Pattern and STI Treatment Seeking Behavior among Female Sex Workers of Davangere City, Central Karnataka," International Journal of Life Sciences Biotechnology and Pharma Research, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 254-260, January 2014.
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