Table 3

Effects of number of peer education sessions attended on sexual behavior and reproductive tract infections

One to three peer education sessions in past six months

Four or more peer education sessions in past six months

AOR** (95%CI)


UNPROTECTED SEX


Total years in sex work, mean (sd)

5.9 (4.4)

6.4 (5.7)

-

≤ 4 sexual partners in past week

53% (39/74)

30% (21/71)

0.4 (0.2–0.9)

≤ 4 one-time clients in past week§

34% (23/68)

17% (10/58)

0.4 (0.1–1.0)

Used a condom with last client

89% (66/74)

99% (70/71)

7.2 (0.8–64.4)

Always used a condom with clients

80% (59/74)

93% (66/71)

3.3 (1.0–10.8)

Always used a condom with boyfriend/husband

20% (10/50)

35% (14/40)

1.9 (0.7–5.7)


SEX WORKER EMPOWERMENT


Own idea to use the condom at last sex

92% (61/66)

97% (68/70)

2.9 (0.5–18.4)

Provided the condom at last sex herself

79% (52/66)

76% (53/70)

0.6 (0.3–1.6)

HIV-related knowledge and attitudes

Thinks a client might be HIV-infected

28% (21/74)

35% (25/71)

1.8 (0.8–4.0)

Knows people with HIV can look healthy

97% (72/74)

97% (69/71)

1.5 (0.1–15.8)

Mentions advantage to knowing HIV status

97% (72/74)

99% (70/71)

0.4 (0.01–11.1)

Knows ≥ 2 symptoms of STI in women

77% (57/74)

82% (58/71)

1.1 (0.4–2.6)

Cited ≥ 2 ways to prevent STI

33% (25/74)

61% (43/71)

3.9 (1.8–8.7)

Ever refused client unwilling to use condoms

85% (63/74)

82% (58/71)

1.2 (0.4–3.3)


TRANSMISSION EFFICIENCY


Awareness of own HIV status

43% (32/74)

46% (33/71)

1.2 (0.5–2.4)

Self reported history of RTI in past year

Excessive or foul smelling vaginal discharge

47% (35/74)

39% (28/71)

0.7 (0.3–1.4)

Genital ulcer

20% (15/74)

13% (9/71)

0.7 (0.2–1.9)

RTI prevalence

Syphilis infection

1% (1/73)

0% (0/69)

-

Gonorrhoeal infection

1% (1/73)

0% (0/69)

-

Trichomonas vaginalis infection

19% (14/73)

14% (10/69)

0.8 (0.3–2.3)

Bacterial vaginosis infection

42% (28/66)

44% (28/63)

1.3 (0.6–2.9)

Candida infection

29% (21/73)

23% (16/70)

1.1 (0.5–2.6)


Notes to Table 3:

RTI reproductive-tract infection. Cells contain %, n/N unless indicated.

^Sexual partners are classified: boyfriend/husband, regular clients and one-time clients

§Among those women having had a one-time client in the past week

Among those women who reported having a boyfriend/husband

**AOR, odds ratio adjusted for age, marital status, education and place of work. Logistic regression was used to calculate AOR.

Luchters et al. BMC Public Health 2008 8:143   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-143

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