Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1097/00007435-199911000-00010
Title: Sexually transmitted diseases and condom use among female freelance and brothel-based sex workers in Singapore
Authors: Wong, M.-L. 
Chan, R.K.W.
Chua, W.L.
Wee, S.
Issue Date: Nov-1999
Citation: Wong, M.-L., Chan, R.K.W., Chua, W.L., Wee, S. (1999-11). Sexually transmitted diseases and condom use among female freelance and brothel-based sex workers in Singapore. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 26 (10) : 593-600. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1097/00007435-199911000-00010
Abstract: Background and Objectives: Most studies in Asia exclude freelance female sex workers because of difficulties in access and the illegality of their work. Data are lacking on their risk behaviors. Goal: To compare sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates, condom use, and health screening behavior between freelance and brothel-based sex workers in Singapore. Study Design: This is a cross-sectional survey of 111 freelance sex workers arrested from November 1996 to March 1997 for illicit prostitution and 333 randomly selected brothel-based sex workers. All were tested for STDs. Results: STDs were significantly more prevalent among freelance than brothel-based sex workers (34.8% vs. 24.0%). Inconsistent condom use was significantly higher among freelance than brothel-based sex workers and was significantly associated with younger age, decreasing number of clients, and perception of non-condom use among peers. Conclusion: Educational programs to promote condom use should target freelance sex workers and their clients.
Source Title: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/113648
ISSN: 01485717
DOI: 10.1097/00007435-199911000-00010
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