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Internet Use Among Female Sex Workers in China: Implications for HIV/STI Prevention

Internet Use Among Female Sex Workers in China: Implications for HIV/STI Prevention,10.1007/s10461-010-9846-1,Aids and Behavior,Yan Hong,Xiaoming Li,X

Internet Use Among Female Sex Workers in China: Implications for HIV/STI Prevention  
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Based on a cross-sectional survey with 1,022 female sex workers (FSWs) recruited from different types of commercial sex venues in Southwest China, we examined their Internet-using behaviors and explored the feasibility of Internet-based HIV/STI intervention in this population. About 75% of FSWs were Internet users; among them 57% were frequent users, and 40% had searched HIV/STI information online. Internet use was significantly associated with younger age, more schooling, higher income, and engagement in a social network of Internet users. Frequent use of the Internet was associated only with factors of the social environment, such as peers’ Internet use. Two thirds of Internet-using FSWs were willing to participate in an online HIV/STI prevention program. Multivariate analyses showed that willingness to participate in an online HIV/STI prevention intervention was significantly associated with higher Internet use and younger age. Our data suggest that Internet may offer a promising strategy to deliver low-cost HIV/STI prevention programs for FSWs in China.
Journal: Aids and Behavior - AIDS BEHAV , vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 273-282, 2011
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