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BMJ. 1992 Oct 3;305(6857):801-4.

Female streetworking prostitution and HIV infection in Glasgow.

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  • 1Public Health Research Unit, University of Glasgow.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To identify the extent of HIV infection and injecting drug use among female streetworking prostitutes in Glasgow; to estimate the size of the female streetworking prostitute population in the city; and to estimate the number of HIV positive women working as prostitutes on the streets in Glasgow.

DESIGN:

Observation and interviewing of female prostitutes over seven months in red light district; analysis of saliva samples for presence of antibodies to HIV; capture-recapture approach to estimating the size of the female streetworking prostitute population.

SETTING:

Glasgow.

SUBJECTS:

206 female streetworking prostitutes.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Number of women with antibodies to HIV, self reported use of injecting drugs, history of contact with 206 women.

RESULTS:

Saliva samples were requested from 197 women; 159 (81%) provided samples. Four (2.5%, 95% confidence interval 0.7%-6.3%) of the samples were positive for HIV, all of which had been provided by women who injected drugs. Of the 206 streetworking women contacted 147 (71%) were injecting drug users. About 1150 women are estimated to work on the streets in Glasgow over a 12 month period.

CONCLUSIONS:

HIV is not as widespread among female prostitutes as many reports in the tabloid press suggest. A greater proportion of female streetworking prostitutes in Glasgow are injecting drugs than has been reported for other British cities.

PMID:
1422360
PMCID:
PMC1883466
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