Section 60
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HIV prevalence and behavioral studies among female sex workers in Togo in 2015

Teclessou, J.N.; Akakpo, S.; Gbetoglo, D.; Koumagnanou, G.; Singo, A.; Pitché, P.

Bulletin de la Societe de Pathologie Exotique 110(4): 270-275


ISSN/ISBN: 1961-9049
PMID: 28660604
DOI: 10.1007/s13149-017-0565-y
Accession: 059805316

The purpose of this study is to determine the seroprevalence of HIVamong female sex workers (FSWs) and to document the behavior in this target population four years after the last study and possibly readjust these interventions. We conducted from March 27 to April 4, 2015 a crosssectional study of 1197 FSWs. Behavior data were collected by interviewer-administered questionnaires. The FSWs were then subjected to blood tests to measure the prevalence of HIV. The average age of respondents FSWs was 28 years and 20% had their first sexual intercourse before 15 years old. Overall, 48% of the FSWs received between 1 and 7 customers per working day. The majority of FSWs (90%) had consistently used condoms during their last week of work. HIV seroprevalence was 11.7% for FSWs. HIV prevalence was higher in FSWs living in Lomé, the capital city, (13.4%) than those living in the Kara region, in the North of the country (2%), P < 0.0001. The results of this study show the positive behavioral change in FSWs with a stabilization of HIV prevalence in this group after four years.

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