Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10735
Title: Knowledge, risk perceptions and condom usage in male sex workers from three Australian cities
Contributor(s): Minichiello, Victor (author); Marino, Rodrigo (author); Browne, J (author)
Publication Date: 2001
DOI: 10.1080/09540120120044035
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10735
Abstract: The study identifies factors associated with knowledge and perception of risk of HIV/AIDS, as well as attitudes to and usage of condoms by a sample of male sex workers (MSW). One hundred and eighty-five male sex workers completed a self-reported questionnaire, including knowledge about HIV transmission, attitudes to condom use and perceptions and personal susceptibility to HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk, and a two-week diary recording use of condom during commercial sex encounters. The findings reveal that condom use was found in 77.7% of the encounters with clients and the majority of the respondents perceived themselves to be at no risk for HIV because of sex work. Independent sex workers from Melbourne and workers who owned their place of residence used condoms in a significant lower proportion. Generally speaking, knowledge about the risks associated with AIDS was high, with respondents showing lower knowledge about the risks associated with unprotected receptive or active oral sex. Participants held a positive attitude to condom use; most considered the provisions of condoms to be their responsibility rather than clients; and they were more worried about contracting an STI than HIV. Those who scored higher on the knowledge scale had more positive attitudes to condom use and those who had a more positive attitude to condom use recorded a perceived lower risk of contracting STI but not HIV. The study discusses the relevance of these findings for public health risk reduction and sexual health education campaigns.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: AIDS Care, 13(3), p. 387-402
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0954-0121
1360-0451
Field of Research (FOR): 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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