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Type: Journal article
Title: Estimating the population of female sex workers in two Chinese cities based on the HIV/AIDS behavioural surveillance approach combined with a multiplier method
Author: Zhang, D.
Lv, F.
Wang, L.
Sun, L.
Zhou, J.
Su, W.
Bi, P.
Citation: Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2007; 83(3):1-10
Publisher: British Med Journal Publ Group
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1368-4973
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Dapeng Zhang, Fan Lv, Liyan Wang, Liangxian Sun, Jian Zhou, Wenyi Su, and Peng Bi
Abstract: Objective: To estimate the size of the population of female sex workers (FSWs) on the basis of the HIV/AIDS behavioural surveillance approach in two Chinese cities, using a multiplier method. Method: Relevant questions were inserted into the questionnaires given to two behavioural surveillance groups—female attendees of sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics and FSWs. The size of the FSW population was derived by multiplying the number of FSWs in selected STD clinics during the study period by the proportion of FSW population who reported having attended the selected STD clinics during the same period. Results: The size of the FSW population in the urban area of Xingyi, China, was estimated to be about 2500 (95% CI 2000 to 3400). This accounted for 3.6% of the total urban adult female population. There were an estimated 17 500 FSWs in the urban area of Guiyang, China (95% CI 10 300 to 31 900) or about 3.4% of its total urban adult female population (rounded to the nearest 100). Conclusions: The multiplier method could be a useful and cost-effective approach to estimate the FSW population, especially suitable in countries where HIV behavioural surveillance has been established in high-risk populations.
Keywords: Humans; HIV Infections; Risk Factors; Sexual Behavior; Adult; Urban Health; China; Female; Surveys and Questionnaires; Sex Work
Description: The original publication may be found at
Rights: © 2007 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
RMID: 0020062607
DOI: 10.1136/sti.2006.022194
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