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Correlates of health care utilization under targeted interventions: The case of female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Correlates of health care utilization under targeted interventions: The case of female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India.
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Sharma V, Suryawanshi D, Saggurti N, Bharat S,


Sharma V, Suryawanshi D, Saggurti N, Bharat S, (click to view)

Sharma V, Suryawanshi D, Saggurti N, Bharat S,

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Health care for women international 2017 08 11() 0 doi 10.1080/07399332.2017.1361423

Abstract

Accessibility and frequency of use of health care services among female sex workers (FSWs) are constrained by various factors. In this analysis, we examined the correlates of frequency of using health care services under targeted interventions among FSWs. A sample of FSWs [N = 1,973] was obtained from a second round [2012] of Behavioural Tracking Survey [BTS], conducted in 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh, a high HIV prevalence state in southern India. We used negative binomial regression models to analyse frequency of utilisation of healthcare services among FSWs. Based on our analysis we suggest that various predisposing and enabling factors were found to be significantly associated with the visit to NGO clinics for treatment of any health problem, any STI symptom and the number of condoms received from the peer-worker or condom depot. We suggest the need for further research with respect to various correlates of frequency of using health care among FSWs to develop effective intervention strategies in countries that have high HIV prevalence among FSWs and targeted interventions need more diligent implementation to reach the unreached.

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