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PrEP Acceptability Among Female Sex Workers in Thailand: Key Research Findings

Female sex workers (FSW) in Thailand experience high rates of HIV infection. A possible means of reducing infection rates is through expanded access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a once daily preventive dose of antiretroviral medications. But until recently, little research had been conducted to assess FSW interest in PrEP in Thailand or in Southeast Asia.

To assess FSW knowledge, attitudes, and considerations for PrEP as a component of combination HIV prevention in Thailand, a recent study was jointly undertaken by the Institute for Population and Social Research at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the community-based organization Service Workers in Group (SWING) Foundation. The study’s findings are detailed in the fact sheet below.

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