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Gaceta Sanitaria

versión impresa ISSN 0213-9111


OJER TSAKIRIDU, Domingo et al. Knowledge and use of contraceptive methods in female sex workers in Asturias [Spain]. Gac Sanit [online]. 2008, vol.22, n.1, pp.40-43. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objective: To describe the knowledge and use of contraceptive methods among female sex workers in Asturias (Spain). Methods: We performed a descriptive cross-sectional study of 212 female sex workers by means of a self-completed questionnaire. Results: 61.2% of the women claimed to have sufficient information about contraceptive methods, although the real knowledge measured was much lower. Effective contraception was not used by 2.4% of the women in their last commercial relationship and by 20.4% in their private relationships. The most commonly employed method was the condom, but only 52.2% of the women who had used one in their previous commercial relationships did so together with another effective method. In the event of breakage, 40% of women did not have an attitude that would be effective in avoiding pregnancy. Conclusions: Knowledge about contraceptive methods among these women is lower than might be expected from their occupation. The use of another effective method together with the condom is insufficient to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Many of the women do not have an attitude that would be effective in avoiding pregnancy in the event of condom breakage.

Palabras clave : Prostitution; Contraceptive agents; Condoms; Oral contraceptives; Coitus interruptus; Intrauterine devices; Ligation; Postcoital contraception.

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