The contribution of emotional partners to sexual risk taking and violence among female sex workers in Mombasa, Kenya: a cohort study

Stanley Luchters, Marlise L Richter, Wilkister Bosire, Gill Nelson, Nzioki Kingola, Xu-Dong Zhang, Marleen Temmerman, Matthew Francis Chersich

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To assess sexual risk-taking of female sex workers (FSWs) with emotional partners (boyfriends and husbands), compared to regular and casual clients. Experiences of violence and the degree of relationship control that FSWs have with emotional partners are also described. Design Cohort study with quarterly follow-up visit over 12-months. Methods Four hundred HIV-uninfected FSWs older than 16 years were recruited from their homes and guesthouses in Mombasa, Kenya. A structured questionnaire assessed participant characteristics and study outcomes at each visit, and women received risk-reduction counselling, male and female condoms, and HIV testing. Results Four or more unprotected sex acts in the past week were reported by 21.3 of women during sex with emotional partners, compared to 5.8 with regular and 4.8 with casual clients (P
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere68855
Number of pages9
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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