O'Farrell N, Anh MH, Thuong NV, Nhung VT, Tuan NG, Long NT; International Conference on AIDS (15th : 2004 : Bangkok, Thailand).
Int Conf AIDS.
2004 Jul 11-16; 15: abstract no. WePeC6186.
Pasteur Suite, Ealing Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Objectives: Sex work is illegal in Vietnam and there is little data
about HIV prevalence in female sex workers (FSW). This study reports on
four studies of HIV prevalence in FSW in An Giang province, witha
particular focus on Chau Doc, a border town with Cambodia, and Long
Xuyen, the main provincial town. Methods: Data from four HIV surveys in
FSWs undetaken in 2002-3 in An Giang province were reviewed. These
included the annual National HIV sentinel surveys in June 2002 and June
2003, (survey 1, n= 400, survey 4, n= 403) and two surveys in the
Community Action for Preventing HIV Project in April 2002 (survey 2, n=
770) and Jan 2003 (survey 3, n= 300). The different surveys included
direct and indirect sex workers and a small number from detention
camps. Results: The respective HIV prevalences for surveys 1-4 were, An
Giang overall, 16%, 24%, 7% and 14%; Chau Doc, 26% (51/200), 47%
(33/70), 6% (6/100) and 21% (42/200); Long Xuyen, 7% (14/200), 18%
(36/200), 11% (9/80) and 7% (15/203). Conclusions: The prevalence of
HIV varied significantly depending on when and where samples were
taken. This variation reflects a wide spectrum of sex work with
differing risks. The high prevalence in Chau Doc in 2002 was thought to
be due to an influx of Vietnamese sex workers repatriated temporarily
from Cambodia. Districts that have geographical borders with high HIV
prevalence areas are at risk of sudden waves of infection and should be
targetd with HIV prevention resources accordingly.
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
- Consumer Participation
- Data Collection
- HIV Infections
- HIV Seropositivity
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