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Touro: The Impact of a Community-based HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health Program on Sexual and Healthcare-seeking Behaviors of Female Entertainment Workers in Cambodia

This study evaluated SAHACOM, a comprehensive HIV and sexual reproductive health program for FEWs in Cambodia.  The overall findings of the study indicate that the SAHACOM is effective in reducing sexual risk behaviors and improving the access to SRH care services among FEWs in Cambodia.  Women at endpoint were significantly more likely to be currently using a contraceptive method (OR = 1.4, 95 % CI = 1.1-1.8) and less likely to report having an induced abortion (OR = 1.4, 95 % CI = 1.1-1.7) during the time working as a FEW.  However, women at endpoint were significantly less likely to report always using condom when having sexual intercourse with clients in exchange for money or gifts (OR = 2.6, 95 % CI = 1.5-4.5). The decrease in consistent condom use with commercial partners may be attributed to challenges in program implementation. One of the main condom distribution centers had to close mid-program due to funding cuts.  For Full Article: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/15/221

Dr. Carinne Brody ( Photo for submission II & III)
[Photo: Dr. Carinne Brody]