Coping with HIV/AIDS in Durban's commercial sex industry

SOURCE: AIDS Care
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2001
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.A.Varga
KEYWORDS: DURBAN, HIV/AIDS, SAFE SEX, SEX INDUSTRY, SEX WORKERS, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 1836

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Abstract

This paper describes coping mechanisms used by commercial sex works and their partners in confronting the threat of HIV/AIDS. Data are part of a study exploring sexuality and HIV-related issues among members of the Durban commercial sex industry. Participants were 100 female sex workers, 25 male trucker driver clients and ten male personal partners. The implications of these coping strategies for HIV education, message development and intervention in the commercial sex industry and in general are discussed.