[Acceptability of vaginal microbicides among female sex workers in urban Beijing, China].Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi. 2009 Feb; 30(2):136-8.ZL
To explore the attitudes and willingness towards vaginal microbicides use among female sex workers (FSWs) for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention in an urban district of Beijing, China, as well as its related factors.
A cross-sectional study using convenience sampling was conducted. A total of 54 FSWs were recruited from Shijingshan District in urban Beijing. Main outcome variables were measured by microbicide acceptability score with questionnaire, including high-risk sexual behaviors, self-reported condom use, self-reported HIV/STI history and perception on the risk of HIV/STI.
Mean score of microbicide acceptability in FSWs was 2.73 (ranging 1 to 4). Acceptability score varied by the type of their sex partner (P = 0.049), experience of HIV testing (P = 0.037) and concerns about contracting STI (P = 0.042). Willingness to use and covert use of microbicides in FSWs varied significantly with their sex partners (P = 0.001).
FSWs in Shijingshan district might have a positive response to vaginal microbicides use across all hypothetical characteristics in general. Further study is needed for comprehensive understanding of contextual factors related to it.