Understanding the role of peer group membership in reducing HIV-related risk and vulnerability among female sex workers in Karnataka, India

Parinita Bhattacharjee, Ravi Prakash, Priya Pillai, Shajy Isac, Mohan Haranahalli, Andrea Blanchard, Maryam Shahmanesh, James Blanchard and Stephen Moses. AIDS Care , 2013; Vol. 25, suppl. 1 Download publication (open access)

Incorporating community mobilisation and peer group formation into HIV prevention programming can reduce HIV-related risk and vulnerability among female sex workers (FSWs).

This study, co-written by STRIVE researchers at KHPT, found that FSWs who were members of any peer group reported significantly less experience of violence and were less likely to have bribed police to avoid trouble in the past six months. Members of peer-group collectives were also more likely to have obtained at least one formal identification document in the past five years.

Read more about KHPT's work with sex workers and community based organisations in Projects.

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