An effective HIV risk-reduction protocol for drug-using female sex workers

Hilary L. Surratt, James A. Inciardi

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Female sex workers are especially vulnerable to HIV infection, particularly those who use drugs and engage in street-based sex exchange. This study examines the risk behaviors and HIV serostatus of 806 drug-using female sex workers in Miami and assesses the relative impact of two HIV and hepatitis prevention interventions on changes in risk behavior. Drug-using sex workers were recruited using targeted sampling strategies and were randomly assigned to the NIDA Standard Intervention or an innovative Sex Worker Focused (SWF) Intervention. Outcome analyses indicate that both groups benefited from participation in the intervention trial. However, the SWF Intervention was found to be more efficacious in regard to reductions in unprotected oral sex and sexual violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-131
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This Research was Supported by Department of Health and Human Services Grant #R01-DA013131 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


  • Drug use
  • HIV interventions
  • Peer counselors
  • Sex workers
  • Sexual risk behaviors
  • Sexual violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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