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Table 1 Sexual behaviour, self-perception of risk, and STI-related health seeking behaviour among FSW, by duration of sex work

From: Sustained high prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Cambodia: high turnover seriously challenges the 100% condom use programme

Characteristics Worked as FSW ≤ 12 months
n = 674
Worked as FSW > 12 months
n = 404
Total*
n = 1078
Chi square P value
  % (n) % (n) % (n)  
Report of having at least 1 abortion 50.0 (248) 59.5 (212) 54.0 (460) 0.088
Most recent abortion in the last 6 months† 63.2 (150) 50.1 (105) 58.5 (255) 0.151
Place women sought last abortion†     
   Private doctor/midwife/nurse 87.1 (202) 85.9 (181) 86.5 (383) 0.209
   Traditional practitioner 8.8 (14) 5.3 (7) 7.1 (21)  
   Other (mostly public and NGOs clinics) 4.1 (18) 8.9 (18) 6.4 (36)  
Report of having sweetheart (SH) in the past 12 months** 54.0 (318) 63.4 (197) 58.0 (515) 0.118
Report of having sex with SH in the past 3 months*** 97.3 (281) 98.9 (173) 98.0 (454) 0.148
Report of having >3 clients in the last working day 42.7 (233) 38.4 (139) 40.9 (372) 0.422
Always used condoms with clients in the past week 81.0 (582) 80.0 (356) 80.2 (938) 0.596
Always used condoms with sweetheart in the past month*** 29.4 (110) 19.6 (59) 25.0 (169) 0.069
Always used condoms with casual partner in the past month† † 37.4 (49) 29.9 (41) 34.1 (90) 0.266
Continued having sex during menstruation in the past month 29.8 (166) 33.2 (126) 31.2 (292) 0.533
Ever forced/convinced by client not to use condom in the past month 68.3 (302) 65.0 (166) 67.0 (468) 0.584
Self-perceived risk of getting sexual diseases compared with other Cambodian women     
   Much higher 19.0 (214) 24.9 (136) 21.5 (350) 0.016
   A little bit higher 24.1 (114) 19.6 (57) 22.2 (171)  
   Similar risk 18.2 (85) 28.8 (63) 22.7 (148)  
   Lower risk 38.7 (152) 26.7 (93) 33.6 (245)  
Believed they had an STI in the past year 37.5 (254) 61.4 (211) 47.1 (465) <0.001
Places where treatment was sought for the last STI‡     
   Public hospital or STD clinic 68.4 (198) 62.5 (178) 65.2 (376) 0.558
   Private hospital/medical staff 2.1 (14) 4.0 (16) 3.1 (30)  
   Pharmacy 7.9 (23) 8.0 (19) 7.9 (42)  
   Non-governmental organisation clinic 21.0 (15) 22.8 (17) 22.0 (32)  
Did not stop having sex during the last STI episode‡ 53.0 (131) 40.6 (107) 46.5 (238) 0.289
  1. *Total does not add to 1079 because of missing information on duration of sex work
  2. † Among those who reported having an abortion
  3. ** SH: Sweetheart, non-marital and non-commercial sex partner
  4. *** Among those who reported having sweehearts
  5. † † Non-paying partner with whom women were neither married nor living and who was not their sweetheart
  6. ‡ Among those who reported having an STI