An examination of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 infection risk in Thailand focuses on socioeconomic & demographic profiles of 800 female commercial sex workers (CSWs), who submitted to interviews & gave blood samples in 1992. An elevated risk of HIV-1 infection was found to be related to direct service work, non-Thai identity, low education level, lack of children, & debt to employer. Prevalence of HIV-1 infection was greater among those starting sex work between ages 12-15 than those starting at age 21+, demonstrating the importance of targeting prevention measures toward young females. 3 Tables, 15 References. Adapted from the source document.
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