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Behavioral risk factors for STD/HIV transmission in Bangladesh's trucking industry


  • Gibney, Laura
  • Saquib, Nazmus
  • Metzger, Jesse


To examine behaviors that could influence STD/HIV transmission in Bangladesh's trucking industry, a survey was orally administered to 388 truck drivers/helpers at Tejgaon truck stand in Dhaka. A two-tiered sampling strategy was used: 38 trucking agencies were randomly selected and a mean of 10.2 subjects was recruited from each agency. Focus group and in-depth interviews were also conducted. The focus was on behaviors that affect (i) exposure to STD/HIV infection, (ii) efficiency of transmission of infection and (iii) duration of infectiousness. The findings illustrated that intravenous drug use was not an important risk factor; only 1 subject had used drugs intravenously. Sexual risk behaviors, however, were prevalent: the mean number of sexual partners in the past year was 4.57 (SD=8.70) and in the past 3 months was 1.82 (SD=3.27). Premarital and extramarital sex was common, often with commercial sex workers (CSW); 54% of all subjects had relations with at least 1 CSW in the past year. In a multiple logistic regression analysis, subjects who engaged in other types of socially risky behavior (drinking alcohol, ingesting or smoking recreational drugs, having sex with other men) were significantly (p

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  • Gibney, Laura & Saquib, Nazmus & Metzger, Jesse, 2003. "Behavioral risk factors for STD/HIV transmission in Bangladesh's trucking industry," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 56(7), pages 1411-1424, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:56:y:2003:i:7:p:1411-1424

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