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Objective: This study aimed to investigate the HIV-preventive behavior of a group of female prostitutes in the city of Ubon Ratchathani in Northeast Thailand.
Methods: Basic knowledge and perceptions regarding HIV/AIDS were also assessed. The relationship between knowledge, perception, educational levels and HIV-preventive behavior were identified. A questionnaire was trialed before the survey proper, and content validation and reliability were established prior to the launch of the study (average Î±= 0.75).
Results: Information was collected by the completion of a descriptive survey by 293 female prostitutes from 35 entertainment centres from February to April 2005. Data collected was subjected to statistical analysis. Results showed the participants had a good basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS and reasonable perceptions of the condition. Approximately one-third (37.5%) had sound behavior related to HIV infection, but an equivalent proportion (39%) needed to review their behavior. There was a statistically significant relationship between knowledge, perceptions, marital status and educational levels and HIV-preventive behavior (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Conclusively, the prostitutes had an overall average HIV/AIDS knowledge, except some issues such as HIV/AIDS in pregnancy. Additionally, the HIV/AIDS perception was mainly good, whereas the HIV-preventive behavior was needed to be adjusted including a regular condom use.
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