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Title:Condom use and HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers in Nigeria's Ekiti State
Authors:Odu, B.K.
Olusasegun, G.F.
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Condom use
AIDS (Disease)--Prevention
HIV infections--Prevention
Ekiti State (Nigeria)
Abstract:This study investigates condom use and knowledge of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers in Ekiti State, Nigeria. A sample of 200 female sex workers selected from five local government areas were asked to fill out a questionnaire, and the data were analysed using descriptive statistical techniques. The findings indicate that the rate of condom use among sex workers is generally low, despite their knowledge of HIV/AIDS and the risks involved in practising unsafe sex. The study shows that the socioeconomic status of commercial sex workers affects their use of condoms. Sex workers with a higher socioeconomic status are more likely to use condoms, because they tend to have alternative sources of income, while sex workers with a lower socioeconomic status cannot afford to loose customers who refuse the use of condoms. Furthermore, the use of condoms in rural areas is less than that in urban areas as a result of lack of information about condom use and safe sex in the rural areas. Finally, it was found that age of sex workers affects their use of condoms, as young sex workers ignore the use of condoms, while older workers seem to be more careful. The study recommends the strengthening of information dissemination and the education of sex workers, as well as government measures to improve the socioeconomic status of commercial sex workers. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]