Targeted intervention for high risk group- A socio-behavioral study on female sex workers (FSW) in Bilaspur (CG)
Dr. Archana Yadav, Dr. Sangya Tripathi
Objective: This study was conducted with an aim to understand the socio-personal life of female sex worker and assess their behavior and attitude for risk and challenges associated with sex work.
rnMethod: Convenience sampling method was adopted from non-probability sampling for the study. Sex workers were contacted at different locations in the city. Tool for data collection was schedule developed by the researcher and additional information was assessed in a structured face-to-face interview with the peer educators.
Results: The 60 interviewed female sex workers shows risk of HIV/AIDS/STD/RTI as near about 90% respondents accepted of having unprotected sex (without condom) at least twice a month for the sake of high payment. With near about half of the respondents shows symptoms of STD and 66% of them are seeking treatment from NGO clinic or hospital. Most of the respondents have knowledge of HIV causes and precautions.
Conclusion: Sex work is a major public health problem leading to HIV/AIDS as well as deteriorating women’s reproductive health from STD/RTI infections. Most of the FSW are carrying forward their family work due to social denial and stigma associated with sex work, economic benefit is the main reason of indulging in sex work as in Chhattisgarh women are working force compared to men.