A Comparison of HIV Infection and Related Risks Among Male Sex Workers in Different Venues in Shenzhen, China
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- Zhao, J., Cai, W., Chen, L. et al. AIDS Behav (2011) 15: 635. doi:10.1007/s10461-010-9786-9
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Different risks of HIV infection have been reported among different types of male sex workers (MSW). In order to compare the prevalence of HIV infection and related risk behaviors of MSW in different venues in Shenzhen, China, a time-location sampling survey was conducted in 2008. 5.1% of the 394 MSWs were tested positive for HIV, with 6.9% in those working in parks (PMSW), 11.3% in small family clubs (FMSW) and 1.7% in entertainment venues. PMSWs and FMSWs reported a higher proportion of self-identified homosexual/gay. Moreover, FMSWs reported a lower coverage of HIV-related education and services and were more likely to self-report coming from provinces with higher HIV prevalence. The results indicated that MSWs in small venues and parks were comparatively at higher risk of being infected and suggested that current HIV preventive intervention needs to be expanded to the small venues in Shenzhen.