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Knowledge of sex workers about HIV/AIDS and its influence on sexual practices

Authors
  • Patrício, Anna Cláudia Freire de Araújo
  • Bezerra, Valéria Peixoto
  • Nogueira, Jordana Almeida
  • Moreira, Maria Adelaide Silva Paredes
  • Camargo, Brígido Vizeu
  • Santos, Jiovana de Souza
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2019
Source
Scientific Electronic Library Online - Brazil
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Language
English
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Green
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Abstract

ABSTRACT Objective: assess the knowledge of sex workers about HIV/AIDS and its influence on sexual practices. Method: Ninety women participated in the study. The Scientific Knowledge Test about HIV/AIDS and sexual practices was used. The Wald test was applied to verify the relationship between knowledge and sexual practices with statistical significance of p<0.05. Results: the score of 61.7% of correct answers in all three dimensions stands out; 72.2% have sexual intercourse without a condom in exchange for a large amount of money; 53.3% have sex during the menstrual period; 62.2% have sexual intercourse with drug users; 75.6% have sex with clients showing lesions on the penis or anus. The B coefficient (-0.19) showed that the higher the knowledge about HIV/AIDS, the lower the practice of risky sexual behaviors. Conclusion: the influence of knowledge about HIV/AIDS on sexual practices was not statistically significant, but the sexual practices and insufficient knowledge about prevention, physiological and behavioral attributes were observed.

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