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Article: Acceptability Study of Sex Workers Attending the HIV/ AIDS Clinic in Ruili, China
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TitleAcceptability Study of Sex Workers Attending the HIV/ AIDS Clinic in Ruili, China
 
AuthorsWong, WCW2 1
 
KeywordsChina
Health service
HIV
Prostitution
Qualitative survey
 
Issue Date2003
 
PublisherThe Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apacph.org/journal.asp
 
CitationAsia-Pacific Journal Of Public Health, 2003, v. 15 n. 1, p. 57-61 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/101053950301500110
 
AbstractA charitable clinic was set up to provide HIV/STD education and care to commercial sex workers in Ruili. Despite regular promotion of the clinic, few people had utilised the service. Therefore, a qualitative study was carried out among 89 sex workers between March and April 2001 to look at the background of our target group, their medical-seeking behaviours and the range of services expected. The turnover rates of sex workers were high. They had good awareness but poor knowledge of STD/HIV. Many self-medicated or sought advice from peers. They had a serious concern for private practitioners or the quality of drugs from pharmacy stores. They found our clinic inconvenient and did not meet their needs. Subsequently, we refurbished the clinic, implemented changes and retrained our staff. The number of patients treated three weeks after re-opening of the clinic has increased by three folds, with many of them still sex workers, and the clinic's income increased by 58%. Our experience has important implications for policymakers and other NGOs working with sex workers.
 
ISSN1010-5395
2012 Impact Factor: 1.057
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.490
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/101053950301500110
 
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dc.description.abstractA charitable clinic was set up to provide HIV/STD education and care to commercial sex workers in Ruili. Despite regular promotion of the clinic, few people had utilised the service. Therefore, a qualitative study was carried out among 89 sex workers between March and April 2001 to look at the background of our target group, their medical-seeking behaviours and the range of services expected. The turnover rates of sex workers were high. They had good awareness but poor knowledge of STD/HIV. Many self-medicated or sought advice from peers. They had a serious concern for private practitioners or the quality of drugs from pharmacy stores. They found our clinic inconvenient and did not meet their needs. Subsequently, we refurbished the clinic, implemented changes and retrained our staff. The number of patients treated three weeks after re-opening of the clinic has increased by three folds, with many of them still sex workers, and the clinic's income increased by 58%. Our experience has important implications for policymakers and other NGOs working with sex workers.
 
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dc.identifier.citationAsia-Pacific Journal Of Public Health, 2003, v. 15 n. 1, p. 57-61 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/101053950301500110
 
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dc.identifier.epage61
 
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2012 Impact Factor: 1.057
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.490
 
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dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherThe Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apacph.org/journal.asp
 
dc.publisher.placeMalaysia
 
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dc.subjectChina
 
dc.subjectHealth service
 
dc.subjectHIV
 
dc.subjectProstitution
 
dc.subjectQualitative survey
 
dc.titleAcceptability Study of Sex Workers Attending the HIV/ AIDS Clinic in Ruili, China
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. Prince of Wales Hospital Hong Kong
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong