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Title:Levels of Alcohol Use and History of HIV Testing Among Female Sex Workers in Mombasa, Kenya
Authors:Bengston, A.M.
L'Engle, K.
Mwarogo, P.
King'ola, N.
Year:2014
Periodical:AIDS Care
Volume:26
Issue:12
Pages:1619-1624
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Health & Nutrition
Subjects:Prostitution
HIV/AIDS
Drink - alcoholic
Mombasa
Abstract:HIV testing is a critical first step to accessing HIV care and treatment, particularly for high-risk groups such as female sex workers (FSWs). Alcohol use may be a barrier to accessing HIV services, including HIV testing. We analyzed data from a cross-sectional survey of 818 FSWs in Mombasa, Kenya, and estimated the association between different levels of alcohol use and having never tested for HIV. In multivariable analyses, higher levels of alcohol consumption were associated with having never tested for HIV (PR 1.60; 95% CI: 1.07, 2.40). Future interventions should explore whether reducing harmful drinking improves HIV testing among FSWs. (Journal Abstract)
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