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J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2014 Feb;9(1):29-40. doi: 10.1525/jer.2014.9.1.29.

Social and structural constraints on disclosure and informed consent for HIV survey research involving female sex workers and their bar managers in the Philippines.

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University of California, San Diego.

Abstract

This qualitative study explored the ethical issues of female sex workers' (FSWs) participation in HIV prevention research. Twenty female bar/spa workers and 10 venue managers in the Philippines underwent individual semi-structured interviews; three community advisory board meetings informed the study design and interpretation of findings.

RESULTS:

Informed consent was constrained by perceived government coercion and skepticism that research results would translate into community benefits. Disclosure was constrained by distrust in confidentiality and perceived intrusiveness of survey questions. FSWs and managers were frustrated by the government's inability to stop police from using condoms as evidence of prostitution. Findings suggest HIV interventions move beyond didactic prevention workshops to include FSWs in intervention design and implementation, and to reduce social and structural constraints on participation.

PMID:
24572081
PMCID:
PMC4217476
DOI:
10.1525/jer.2014.9.1.29
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