Young clients of hotel-based sex workers in bangladesh: Vulnerability to HIV, risk perceptions, and expressed needs for interventions

Rukhsana Gazi, Sharful Islam Khan, Fariha Haseen, Haribondhu Sarma, Mohammad Ashraful Islam, Andrea L. Wirtz, Motiur Rahman

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Abstract

A qualitative study was conducted among key informants and 53 young clients (15 to 24 years of age) of commercial sex workers from nine hotels in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Respondents reported first sexual encounter before 18 years of age, and reasons for purchasing sex were to prove masculinity or to reduce wet dreams and masturbation, thought to be detrimental to health. Limited knowledge of HIV and sexually transmitted infections was linked to high-risk sexual practices. Condom use was related to perceptions of cleanliness, status, and trust in the sex worker. A hotel-based, confidential intervention program promoting safe sex practices among clients of sex workers is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-182
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Clients
  • HIV
  • Hotel-based sex workers
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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