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Article: Patterns of health care utilization and health behaviors among street sex workers in Hong Kong

TitlePatterns of health care utilization and health behaviors among street sex workers in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsFemale sex workers
Health behavior
Hong Kong
Issue Date2006
PublisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/healthpol
Citation
Health Policy, 2006, v. 77 n. 2, p. 140-148 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To describe the current use of health services by the street-based female sex workers (FSWs) and to explore beliefs behind these health behaviors. Study setting: Community outreach approach in a few red-light districts in Hong Kong. Study design: A 30 min face-to-face interview was carried out in 89 women by direct approach and snowballing, followed by a focus group discussion drawn from the participants of the questionnaire. Results: While these FSWs' perception of personal health was good, a considerable proportion suffered from illnesses but the consultation rate was a third of the mean rate of the general population in Hong Kong. Many street workers experienced difficulty in utilizing health service in Hong Kong and even when they did, it was mainly for acute problems. Affordable access to health public services was excluded and many found private services unaffordable due to the high price charged by the practitioners. It was common for these women to self-medicate, delay in seeking medical help, or travel back to China for treatment. Conclusion: The current empirical understanding of the health and health service utilization by sex workers is unbalanced. In order to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV among the street sex workers, it is essential to address the fundamental issue of health care access. © 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/132438
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.035
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.733
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dc.contributor.authorWong, WCWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorGray, SAen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLing, DCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHolroyd, EAen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-28T09:24:36Z-
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dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHealth Policy, 2006, v. 77 n. 2, p. 140-148en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0168-8510en_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjective: To describe the current use of health services by the street-based female sex workers (FSWs) and to explore beliefs behind these health behaviors. Study setting: Community outreach approach in a few red-light districts in Hong Kong. Study design: A 30 min face-to-face interview was carried out in 89 women by direct approach and snowballing, followed by a focus group discussion drawn from the participants of the questionnaire. Results: While these FSWs' perception of personal health was good, a considerable proportion suffered from illnesses but the consultation rate was a third of the mean rate of the general population in Hong Kong. Many street workers experienced difficulty in utilizing health service in Hong Kong and even when they did, it was mainly for acute problems. Affordable access to health public services was excluded and many found private services unaffordable due to the high price charged by the practitioners. It was common for these women to self-medicate, delay in seeking medical help, or travel back to China for treatment. Conclusion: The current empirical understanding of the health and health service utilization by sex workers is unbalanced. In order to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV among the street sex workers, it is essential to address the fundamental issue of health care access. © 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/healthpolen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHealth Policyen_HK
dc.subjectFemale sex workersen_HK
dc.subjectHealth behavioren_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.titlePatterns of health care utilization and health behaviors among street sex workers in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, WCW:wongwcw@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.healthpol.2005.04.007en_HK
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