Female Sex Workers (FSWs) are especially vulnerable to HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Some of the predisposing factors include multiple sexual partners, unsafe working conditions, high prevalence of STIs, socio-economic barriers to negotiating consistent and correct use of condom including availability of lubricants. Their HIV and STI management seeking behavior however is very poor. Statistics indicate that HIV prevalence even though reducing among the general population, is increasing among Female Sex Workers (FSWs). This makes them very important drivers of the epidemic as they are responsible for about 20% of new HIV infections in the country.
EHAI has been engaged by The West African Infectious Diseases Institute (WAIDI) on behalf of The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) for the implementation of this Operational Research: Female Sex Workers and Access to HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Management Services in Lagos State South West Nigeria. This study is expected to run from 1 st of July, 2015 to 31 st December 2015 (6 months). It is cross sectional mixed method (qualitative and quantitative) study aimed at exploring factors affecting the accessibility of FSWs to HCT and STI screening and treatment services and reviewing existing cluster model service delivery to these key target population.
EHAI will partner with two well-grounded Community Based Organizations (CBOs): SafeHaven Development Initiative (SDI) which has been working with FSWs in Lagos State for over 10 years and Women of Power Initiative (WOPI), an FSW led CBO to carry out all field activities.
By the end of the study, we aim to achieve the following objectives in Lagos State: