The study evaluates the overall effectiveness of intervention programs among female sex workers in a Chinese community.
Behavioral surveillance data in 2003, 2004, and 2005 obtained from 2 communities (intervened and control) were compared.
The baseline data (2003) of the 2 counties were not significantly different. In 2004 and 2005, the intervened county had significantly higher prevalence of condom use with their clients and regular sex partners (last-time and consistent use in the last month; OR = 2.2-33.2 in 2004 and 3.8-8.3 in 2005), higher HIV-related knowledge level (OR = 7.9 in 2004 and 17.3 in 2005), and lower STD prevalence (OR = 0.22 in 2004 and 0.11 in 2005). Coverage rates of HIV antibody testing and HIV-related services increased in the intervened county but decreased in the control county.
Intervention programs may result in substantial behavioral changes in a community within a few years.
Behavioral surveillance data (3-year) of an intervened community showed higher prevalence of condom use, higher level of HIV-related knowledge, and lower STD prevalence, when compared with another control community.
From the *Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China; †Dazhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China; ‡School of Public Health, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; §China Country Office of Family Health International; Beijing, China; ∥Management Office of China-UK HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project, Beijing, China; ¶Sichuan Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Chengdu, China; and #National Center for AIDS/STDs Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China
The authors thank all staff of the China-UK HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project and CDC of Sichuan and Dazhou. Thanks are extended to Dr. Jean H. Kim for her help in early drafts of the manuscript.
The study was supported by United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, Family Health International, and the China-UK HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project.
Correspondence: Joseph T. F. Lau, PhD, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 5/F., School of Public Health, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong, China. E-mail: email@example.com.
Received for publication July 6, 2006, and accepted January 8, 2007.