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Sexual violence against female sex workers in The Gambia: a cross-sectional examination of the associations between victimization and reproductive, sexual and mental health

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Title
Sexual violence against female sex workers in The Gambia: a cross-sectional examination of the associations between victimization and reproductive, sexual and mental health
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BMC Public Health, March 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-1583-y
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Jennifer A Sherwood, Ashley Grosso, Michele R Decker, Sarah Peitzmeier, Erin Papworth, Daouda Diouf, Fatou Maria Drame, Nuha Ceesay, Stefan Baral

Abstract

Female sex workers (FSW) are a vulnerable population for sexual violence and poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Sexual violence against FSW has not been widely studied in The Gambia. This study will report the prevalence of and evaluate the health issues correlated with forced sex perpetrated by clients against FSW in The Gambia, and will secondly aim to inform future research and efforts to improve health outcomes for survivors of violence. A cross-sectional survey was administered among 251 FSW accrued through a combination of chain referral and venue-based sampling in The Gambia. Eligibility criteria included being over 16 years old and having exchanged sex for money, goods, or favors in the past 12 months. There is a high prevalence of sexual violence against FSW in The Gambia, with 29% (n = 70) of participants reporting a client forced them to have sex in their lifetime. Women who reported forced sex by a client were more likely to report symptoms of depression (aOR 2.15, CI: 1.10 - 4.16 p < 0.05), unwanted pregnancy (aOR: 2.69, CI: 1.12 - 6.49 p < 0.05) and report "no", "difficult" or "somewhat difficult" access to condoms (aOR: 3.31, CI: 1.76 - 6.26 p < .01) compared to women who did not report forced sex. Client-perpetrated forced sex was also negatively associated with receiving any sexually transmitted infection (STI) test in the past 12 months (aOR: 0.49, CI: .26 - .91 p < .05). FSW who experience sexual violence by a client are more likely to experience poor sexual, reproductive and mental health outcomes. Responding to sexual violence among FSW, including providing survivors with access to post-exposure prophylaxis, emergency contraception, and mental health services, must be a priority given the prevalence of forced sex and links with poor health outcomes. Efforts to reduce sexual violence against FSW is a vital strategy to improve the health and safety of FSW as well as impact the spread of HIV/STIs in The Gambia.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Indonesia 1 <1%
Unknown 188 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 52 28%
Researcher 29 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 14%
Student > Bachelor 17 9%
Other 10 5%
Other 24 13%
Unknown 31 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 39 21%
Social Sciences 29 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 24 13%
Psychology 23 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 6%
Other 29 15%
Unknown 34 18%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 April 2015.
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#3,081,669
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