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Social Construct of Sex Work in India: Implications for HIV Prevention
Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services (2014)
  • Soma Sen, San Jose State University
  • Jemel Aguilar, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Limyi Heng, San Jose State University
  • Shalini Gambhir, Bangalore Medical Services Trust
In India, while female sex workers (FSWs) are one of the groups most susceptible to HIV/AIDS transmission, research and interventions typically sidestep FSWs’ stories. The authors use interviews with 20 FSWs to reflect a more recent trend of research that encourages FSWs to tell their stories. Based on the findings that suggest both individual and structural factors influencing women's involvement in sex work, the authors suggest a theoretical framework for designing more comprehensive and culturally grounded intervention strategies targeting this population.
  • sex work,
  • India,
  • social construct,
  • HIV intervention,
  • ecological,
  • qualitative
Publication Date
November 14, 2014
Citation Information
Soma Sen, Jemel Aguilar, Limyi Heng and Shalini Gambhir. "Social Construct of Sex Work in India: Implications for HIV Prevention" Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services Vol. 13 Iss. 4 (2014) p. 353 - 370 ISSN: 1538-1501
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