4127.0 Sex workers: Sociocultural determinants, interventions, and access to care

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
This session focuses on the complex relationships between sociocultural factors, sex work and health, as well as how those influences can be modified to intervene and reduce sex work and improve the health of women. The abstracts in this session present an international perspective on the issues of sex work and sex trafficking; how culture and other sociological factors, including stigma, influence sex work; the intersection of sex work and access to care; and how gender and health behavior theory can be combined to help get women out of the sex industry.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe the complex interplay between sociocultural factors, sex trafficking, and health. 2. Identify a potentially promising intervention to get women out of sex work. 3. Describe how sex work influences access to care and may present barriers to care.

Stigma against female sex workers and the associated sexual risks
Liying Zhang, Chen Zhang, Yan Hong, PhD and Xiaoming Li, PhD
Sociocultural determinants of sex trafficking and barriers to health care: Gender inequalities and health in Brazil
Wendy Macías Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH, Judith Castor, PhD, Roy Ahn, MPH, ScD, Elizabeth Cafferty, MSc, Elaine Alpert, MD, MPH and Thomas Burke, MD
Sex trade: Prevalence and associations with health and violence victimization among family planning patients
Michele R. Decker, ScD, Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, Heather L. McCauley, MS, Daniel J. Tancredi, PhD, Rebecca Levenson, MA, Jeffrey Waldman, MD, Phyllis Schoenwald, PA and Jay G. Silverman, PhD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Women's Caucus
Endorsed by: Family Violence Prevention Forum, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, HIV/AIDS, Latino Caucus, Maternal and Child Health, Socialist Caucus, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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