Training female sex workers (FSW) in alternative income generation has emerged as an innovative HIV/AIDS prevention strategy. This new report published by KHPT with support from STRIVE focuses on a range of interlinking community mobilisation strategies.
The study demonstrates the impact of two vulnerability reduction strategies on HIV risk among female sex workers. It hypothesised that FSWs who benefited from group membership and participation in savings activities would be more likely to adopt safer sex practices. Consistent condom use and use of clinical services were used as indicators of risk reduction.
The intervention was carried out in three districts of Karnakata state, south India. The results offer comparative insights on community mobilisation in all three settings.
Pillai, P.; Bhattacharjee, P.; Ramesh, B.M.; Isac, S. Impact of two vulnerability reduction strategies - collectivisation and participation in savings activities - on HIV risk reduction among female sex workers. Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), Bangalore, India (2012) 108 pp.