Patterns of partnership and condom use in two communities of female sex workers in Tanzania.

  • Outwater A
  • Nkya L
  • Lwihula G
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Two rapid ethnographic studies have found that commercial sex workers (CSWs) and other high-risk women in Tanzania have different categories of partners, ranging from single-time contacts to long and enduring relationships. Since the advent of HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Tanzania in the late 1980s, CSWs and their clients have been aware of the multiple benefits of condom use for the prevention of pregnancy and STDs including HIV. These women often use condoms for the single-time contact. However, since the HIV/AIDS epidemic, casual partners have decreased in number. These days, most of their sexual contacts occur within long-term partnerships, and within these relationships, condom use is rare. Although the message that condoms should be used during high-risk behavior has been largely accepted, the definition of a high-risk relationship needs to be extended from casual partnerships to include multiple long-term partnerships. In addition, men and women's empowerment through education, business, and equal rights needs to be addressed at all levels of society.

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  • A. Outwater

  • L. Nkya

  • G. Lwihula

  • P. O'Connor

  • M. Leshabari

  • J. Nguma

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