Prevalence of and predictors for consistent condom use among female sex workers in Hsinchu City, Taiwan

Yu Chen Hsu, Wen Hui Han, Chung-Yi Li, Siu Yu Hoh

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Abstract

Objectives: The aims of the study were to explore the prevalence of and predictors for consistent condom use (CCU) among female sex workers (FSWs) in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. Methods: Between July and October 2006, a cross-sectional survey was conducted with 155 FSWs. Descriptive analyses, Chi-square or Fisher's exact tests, and logistic regression analysis were used to analyze the data. Results: CCU was reported by 63% of the study participants. Those who consumed less alcohol, knew the benefits of condom use, perceived no reduction in pleasure with condom use, or had good condom use skills tended to be consistent condom users. Further multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that good condom use skills (OR 14.80; CI 2.85-76.91; p=0.001) and the perception that there was no reduction in pleasure with condom use (OR 7.41; CI 1.14-48.24; p=0.036) were significantly and positively associated with CCU. Conclusions: The prevalence of CCU needs to be enhanced among FSWs. Whether the findings from the participating city can be generalized to other cities of the nation requires further investigation. We also suggest educating FSWs in good condom use skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-537
Number of pages10
JournalTaiwan Journal of Public Health
Volume29
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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