Contraceptive utilization among new exotic dancers: A cross-sectional study 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services

Mishka Terplan, Caitlin E. Martin, Jennifer Nail, Susan G. Sherman

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Abstract

Background: Female exotic dancers are a population at high risk of unintended pregnancy. The objective of this study is to describe the reproductive health needs and contraceptive utilization of exotic dancers. Methods: New exotic dancers (< 6 months dancing) from 26 clubs in Baltimore City/County completed a one-time survey. Results: Of 117 participants, 96 (82%) had current contraceptive need. The mean age was 24 years, and 55% were black. Sex work (45%), alcohol use disorder (73%), illicit (44%; e.g., heroin, crack, cocaine), and injection drug use (8%) were common. The majority (66%) reported contraception use in the prior 6 months. Condoms were reported by 46% whereas 45% reported non-barrier methods, most commonly hormonal injection. Consistent condom use was rare (3%), and only 11% used a long-acting reversible method. Conclusions: Despite their unique reproductive health vulnerabilities, female exotic dancers have unmet contraceptive needs. Targeted harm reduction strategies are needed to fill this gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number56
JournalHarm reduction journal
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 12 2018

Keywords

  • Contraception
  • Exotic dancer
  • Harm reduction
  • Substance use disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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