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Using VCT data for estimating HIV prevalence among Female Sex Workers in Bali : lessons learnt

dr. Pande Putu Januraga, M.Kes, DrPH, PANDE PUTU JANURAGA (2011) Using VCT data for estimating HIV prevalence among Female Sex Workers in Bali : lessons learnt. -, -. ISSN -

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Background : The utility VCT data for estimating HIV prevalence among particular groups has been explored in Africa, and has proven that the result on HIV trend has significant similarities with that revealed from other surveillance data. In Bali, despite of the fact that among the 8000 official estimation of Female Sex Workers (FSWs) population in Bali and there are more than 2000 VCT sessions conducted each year for FSWs, the use of VCT data for estimating HIV prevalence among FSWs has been lacking. This study aimed at exploring the use of VCT data for estimating HIV prevalence among FSWs; in particular those who seek HIV test for the first time. Methods: VCT database form the largest and the longest run NGO serving FSWs in Bali was explored. As information on whether those who come for VCT was old or new was only available from 2006, thus this study was limited from data available from 2006-2010, and only limited to those who seek HIV test for the first time. Result: There were 3722 FSWs who seek HIV test for the first time in this clinic since 2006, with 290 of them were HIV positive. For direct FSWs, HIV prevalence was 7.2%; 9.1%; 11.5%; 7.8% in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. For indirect FSWs, the trend was 6.8%; 11.8%; 5.2%; 3%; and 4% respectively since 2006. Conclusion: In general, HIV prevalence from VCT data was lower compared with those from serosurvey data. Limitation of using VCT data might include selection bias and lack of possibility to compare the characteristics of those who come to the VCT clinic and those who do not due to that such information is not available from those who did not seek VCT service. However, given the large number of FSWs who seek HIV test in this clinic, the use of VCT data for estimating HIV prevalence among FSWs in Bali is noteworthy.

Item Type: Article
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Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: Mr. Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 21:58
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 05:58
URI: http://erepo.unud.ac.id/id/eprint/8187

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