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Sex Transm Dis. 2007 Jun;34(6):410-5.

An assessment of sites where persons go to meet sexual partners in St. James, Jamaica, using the PLACE method.

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Ministry of Health, National HIV/STI Control Program, Kingston, Jamaica.



The objective of this study was to assess sexual behavior of persons at risk of HIV infection.


The goal of this study was to identify sites where HIV prevention is needed.


Customers at sites where persons meet new sex partners in St. James, Jamaica, were surveyed.


Of 421 sites, 282 men and 200 women (random sample, 23 sites) and 320 men and 265 women (special sample, 26 sites) were interviewed. Over one fourth of men and 14% (special) and 4% (random) of women had one or more new sex partners in the last 4 weeks. Seventy-eight percent of men reported condom use at last sex with a new partner compared with 66% of women. Approximately 50% of respondents reported condom use at last sex with a regular partner.


Sites at which people meet new sex partners were diverse with significant opportunities for prevention. Commercial and transactional sex are features at many sites.

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