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Type Journal Article - AIDS Care
Title Levels of alcohol use and history of HIV testing among female sex workers in Mombasa, Kenya
Volume 26
Issue 12
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 1619-1624
URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320941/
HIV testing is a critical first step to accessing HIV care and treatment, particularly for high-risk groups such as female sex workers (FSWs). Alcohol use may be a barrier to accessing HIV services, including HIV testing. We analyzed data from a cross-sectional survey of 818 FSWs in Mombasa, Kenya, and estimated the association between different levels of alcohol use and having never tested for HIV. In multivariable analyses, higher levels of alcohol consumption were associated with having never tested for HIV (PR 1.60; 95% CI: 1.07, 2.40). Future interventions should explore whether reducing harmful drinking improves HIV testing among FSWs.

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