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Article: Acceptability Study of Sex Workers Attending the HIV/ AIDS Clinic in Ruili, China

TitleAcceptability Study of Sex Workers Attending the HIV/ AIDS Clinic in Ruili, China
Authors
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
Citation
Asia-Pacific Journal Of Public Health, 2003, v. 15 n. 1, p. 57-61 How to Cite?
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.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/132463
ISSN
2014 Impact Factor: 1.459
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.573
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dc.contributor.authorWong, WCWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-28T09:24:47Z-
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dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAsia-Pacific Journal Of Public Health, 2003, v. 15 n. 1, p. 57-61en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1010-5395en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/132463-
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.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherThe Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apacph.org/journal.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Healthen_HK
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectHealth serviceen_HK
dc.subjectHIVen_HK
dc.subjectProstitutionen_HK
dc.subjectQualitative surveyen_HK
dc.titleAcceptability Study of Sex Workers Attending the HIV/ AIDS Clinic in Ruili, Chinaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, WCW:wongwcw@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/101053950301500110-
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dc.identifier.volume15en_HK
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