HIV testing among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India

AIDS. 2005 Nov 18;19(17):2033-6. doi: 10.1097/01.aids.0000191921.31808.8c.


Of 6648 female sex workers (FSW) in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh state in India, only 7.9% reported having undergone HIV testing, and three-quarters of the rest were unwilling to undergo HIV testing in the future. The risk of HIV infection as a result of the non-use of condoms was higher among FSW who reported not having been tested and were also unwilling to get tested, and they also held significantly more negative beliefs about HIV/AIDS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / psychology
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Condoms
  • Diagnostic Tests, Routine / methods
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / psychology
  • Health Facilities
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology
  • Sex Work*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology