›› 2010, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (8): 890-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2010.08.005

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Awareness and behavioral research of AIDS among female sex workers in small entertainment venues in Shanghai

CAI Yong1, SHANG Mei-li2, SHEN Tian1, PEI Bei1, JIANG Xue-qin1, HUANG Hong3, SHI Rong1   

  1. 1.School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200025, China;2.Sanlin Community Health Service Center of Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200126, China;3.Xinhua Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200092, China
  • Online:2010-08-25 Published:2010-08-27
  • Supported by:

    Shanghai Education Committee Foundation;Shanghai Public Health Excellent Young Talent Program, 08GWQ055


Objective To explore the awareness and behavior of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) among female sex workers in Shanghai. Methods Multi-stage cluster random sampling method was adopted to obtain a random sample of five districts in Shanghai, then two communities of each district were randomly selected, and a total of 324 female sex workers from 88 massage parlors and hair salons explicitly providing sexual services completed a questionnaire survey and interview. Results The correct answer rate of AIDS-related knowledge was 60.8%, which was higher in female sex workers from urban area than that in those from rural area (P<0.05). 29.5% of female sex workers had commercial sexual services without condom use for the request from guests, and 46.3% experienced condom slip off or breakage during commercial sexual services. Female sex workers from suburban area had more high-risk behaviors than those from urban area in oral and anal sex (P<0.05). Conclusion AIDS-related education should be strengthened to reduce high-risk behaviors among female sex workers in small entertainment venues of Shanghai, and particular attention should be paid to those from suburban area.

Key words: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, female sex worker, commercial sexual service, high-risk behavior