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Rural HIV prevention programmes among India’s sex workers can increase condom use, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4437 (Published 03 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4437
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Community based HIV prevention programmes among female sex workers in rural India can substantially increase the use of condoms, HIV counselling, and testing services, a new study has found.

The study was published in the July 2014 issue of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health and was led by Reynold Washington, an adjunct professor at the St John’s Research Institute in Karnataka. It noted that, in India, the HIV epidemic is concentrated in high risk groups, such as intravenous drug users, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and people who attend sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinics.

“Almost 70% of India’s population resides in rural areas, and 57% of people …

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