Understanding the experiences and needs of female commercial sex workers in Kathmandu, Nepal

Michelle R. Kaufman, Jennifer J. Harman, Lauren M. Menger, Deepti Khati Shrestha

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Abstract

Through this exploratory study, we sought to better understand Nepali female commercial sex workers' (FCSWs') experiences in order to inform HIV prevention and health promotion interventions for this vulnerable and hard-to-reach population. Data were collected through phenomenological interviews with eight FCSWs. Through analysis we reveal promising intervention points to enhance FCSW health, empowerment, and overall well-being. Researchers suggest a combination of structural and individual programs is essential to improving the circumstances of Nepali FCSWs and preventing the spread of HIV. Given Nepal's limited resources and complex environment, it is imperative future prevention programs are focused and guided by FCSWs' lived experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)872-888
Number of pages17
JournalHealth care for women international
Volume37
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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