Table 2

Description of key socio-demographic and sex work characteristics, program intervention variables, and contextual and HIV risk factors in a behavioural tracking survey of 1750 female sex workers in south India
Characteristic Belgaum Gulbarga Gadag Dharwad Solapur All districts
n = 383 n = 374 n = 288 n = 385 n = 361 N = 1751
Socio-demographic variables
Age (mean, SD) 31.62 (6.45) 32.08 (7.14) 33.10 (6.98) 33.55 (7.19) 30.68 (7.33) 32.15 (7.08)
Unable to read or write 74.6% 79.1% 79.4% 76.3% 64.4% 74.8%
Main partner status
No partner 23.8% 20.1% 27.4% 25.9% 9.7% 21.1%
Boyfriend (Not live-in or cohabiting) 23.2% 17.9% 13.9% 11.9% 46.0% 23.0%
Boyfriend (Live-in or cohabiting) 14.1% 21.4% 15.6% 16.9% 8.0% 15.2%
Husband 38.9% 40.6% 43.1% 45.3% 36.3% 40.7%
Sex-work practice variables
Start sex work aged less than 18 11.3% 6.7% 6.6% 6.4% 12.9% 8.9%
Duration in SW less than 2 years 7.3% 10.4% 7.7% 18.6% 9.4% 10.7%
Type of Sex Work
Street or other public place 52.8% 65.2% 71.4% 59.6% 50.1% 59.3%
Brothel 1.0% 1.6% 0.3% 0.0% 7.0% 2.1%
Home 9.7% 3.2% 7.7% 16.3% 16.0% 10.6%
Contacted by phone 35.2% 29.9% 20.2% 22.4% 10.4% 24.0%
Client no. last seven working days
Less than 5 74.2% 64.3% 87.5% 62.2% 9.7% 58.5%
5-9 24.0% 30.9% 11.5% 31.4% 30.4% 26.2%
More than 10 1.8% 4.8% 1.0% 6.4% 59.9% 15.2%
Program Intervention Variables
Member of an FSW community based organization 85.1% 77.5% 86.8% 70.9% 62.2% 76.2%
Contacted by program more than one year ago 91.7% 88.1% 93.0% 79.4% 57.3% 81.8%
Contextual Risk Factors
Ever been arrested 6.5% 4.3% 3.1% 15.1% 37.2% 13.5%
Police coercion over past 6 months (given anything to police to avoid trouble) 13.7% 12.0% 12.2% 16.0% 34.6% 18.2%
Experienced physical violence in the past 6 months 12.8% 9.4% 16.0% 18.8% 52.9% 22.1%
Experienced forced sex in the past 6 months 10.7% 10.7% 12.2% 16.% 34.5% 16.9%
HIV Risk Factors
Always use condoms with clients 99.3% 98.3% 99.4% 96.4% 87.1% 95.4%
Always use condoms with regular clients 96.9% 97.3% 94.1% 95.5% 82.9% 93.3%
Always use condoms with regular (non-paying) male partner 49.0% 47.8% 44.7% 36.1% 30.2% 41.2%

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Blanchard et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:234   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-234

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