XI International Conference on AIDS|
July 7-12, 1996
Bo Kywe,Nyunt Nyunt, Khin Nu Nu,
HIV Prevention Among Commercial Sex Workers Using Peer Education and OUtreach Strategies; Myanmar
BackgroundCommercial sex work is culturally and legally discouraged in Myanmar, but remains a problem. In December 1992, the Central STD Clinic established a "Special Unit" as a CSW-friendly method for reaching CSWs.
ObjectivesTo develop a mechanism for communicating with active CSWs; to train CSWs as peer educators; to promote awareness of STD/HIV; to encourage safer sex practices; to promote proper health seeking behavior.
MethodsCSWs are selected on the basis of interest in becoming a peer educator; requirements include: must be non-mobile, 30+ yrs of age, influential among peers, have regular STD team contact, be literate, be self confident. CSWs are trained to be peer educators and given condoms and IEC supplies. The STD team monitors/supervises all outreach work, and provides referrals when appropriate. Activity records are kept for each peer educator and effectiveness is assessed every three months.
Results325 CSWs are involved in the peer education network; attendance at the STD Clinic has increased, as have visits for check-ups. Preventive education opportunities have increased. CSW acceptance has been good.
ConclusionsThe CSW-friendly approach has enabled development of a network where peer education and outreach services for active CSWs has flourished.
Dr. Nyunt Nyunt
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