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A human rights-focused HIV intervention for sex workers in Metro Manila, Philippines: evaluation of effects in a quantitative pilot study

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  • Lianne A. Urada

    () (University of California San Diego
    San Diego State University)

  • Janie Simmons

    (National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.)

  • Betty Wong

    (University of California San Diego)

  • Kiyomi Tsuyuki

    (University of California San Diego)

  • Gerlita Condino-Enrera

    (Woodwater Center for Healing)

  • Laufred I. Hernandez

    (University of the Philippines, Manila)

  • Nymia Pimentel Simbulan

    (University of the Philippines, Manila)

  • Anita Raj

    (University of California San Diego)

Abstract

Abstract Objectives This study evaluated a brief human rights-focused HIV community mobilization intervention for sex workers in the Philippines, a country with one of the fastest rising number of HIV cases worldwide. Methods Five single-session group interventions to reduce sexual risk and increase HIV testing among 86 sex workers in Manila were evaluated with pre–post-test data via Wilcoxon’s signed-ranks and Mann–Whitney tests. The 4-h intervention, Kapihan (August–November, 2013), integrated human rights with HIV skill-building. Demographic data, violence/trafficking victimization, human rights knowledge, and intentions to HIV test and treat were collected. Results Participants were median aged 23; female (69 %); had children (55; 22 % had 3+ children); used drugs (past 3 months: 16 %); sexually/physically abused by clients (66 %); 20 % street sex workers ever took an HIV test. Pre–post-test scores significantly improved in knowledge of HIV (z = −8.895, p

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  • Lianne A. Urada & Janie Simmons & Betty Wong & Kiyomi Tsuyuki & Gerlita Condino-Enrera & Laufred I. Hernandez & Nymia Pimentel Simbulan & Anita Raj, 2016. "A human rights-focused HIV intervention for sex workers in Metro Manila, Philippines: evaluation of effects in a quantitative pilot study," International Journal of Public Health, Springer;Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), vol. 61(8), pages 945-957, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ijphth:v:61:y:2016:i:8:d:10.1007_s00038-016-0875-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0875-z
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