Violence against women in sex work and HIV risk implications differ qualitatively by perpetrator.

dc.contributor.authorDecker, Michele R.
dc.contributor.authorPearson, Erin
dc.contributor.authorIllangasekare, Samantha L.
dc.contributor.authorClark, Erin
dc.contributor.authorSherman, Susan G.
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-04T15:10:49Z
dc.date.available2014-04-04T15:10:49Z
dc.date.issued2013-09-23
dc.descriptionPMC3852292en_US
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Physical and sexual violence heighten STI/HIV risk for women in sex work. Against this backdrop, we describe the nature of abuse against women in sex work, and its STI/HIV implications, across perpetrators. METHODS: Adult women involved in sex work (n = 35) in Baltimore, MD participated in an in-depth interview and brief survey. RESULTS: Physical and sexual violence were prevalent, with 43% reporting past-month abuse. Clients were the primary perpetrators; their violence was severe, compromised women's condom and sexual negotiation, and included forced and coerced anal intercourse. Sex work was a factor in intimate partner violence. Police abuse was largely an exploitation of power imbalances for coerced sex. CONCLUSIONS: Findings affirm the need to address physical and sexual violence, particularly that perpetrated by clients, as a social determinant of health for women in sex work, as well as a threat to safety and wellbeing, and a contextual barrier to HIV risk reduction.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipJH Libraries Open Access Funden_US
dc.identifier.citationdoi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-876en_US
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458
dc.identifier.urihttp://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/36751
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBMC public health;v. 13 p. 876.
dc.subjectViolenceen_US
dc.subjectHIV risken_US
dc.subjectSex worken_US
dc.titleViolence against women in sex work and HIV risk implications differ qualitatively by perpetrator.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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