Article in Contraception, in Press.
Condom is the only method promoted for dual protection among female sex workers in most Asian countries, which may be insufficient to prevent pregnancies given sex workers’ high frequency of sexual intercourse.
Respondents numbered 592 in Cambodia and 1421 in Laos. In Cambodia, 28.2% had abortions in the past year despite reporting 99.0% condom use at last commercial sex. Abortion increased with the number of clients, inconsistent condom use, recent condom breakage and recent forced unprotected sex with clients. In Laos, 26.0% of all sex workers had ever aborted as had 89.4% of those who had been pregnant in the past 6 months.
Sex workers experience higher frequency of abortion than women from the general population. Sex workers’ reportedly high rate of condom use is insufficient to prevent pregnancies.
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Guy Morineaua,Graham Neilsena, Sopheab Hengb, Chansy Phimpachanc and Dyah E. Mustikawatid