HIV risk and prevention behavior among Female Sex Workers in two cities of Georgia – Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey with Population Size Estimation in Tbilisi and Batumi, 2014
Curatio International Foundation together with Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health TANADGOMA is implementing the research project which aims to generate reliable information to plan preventive interventions targeting key populations at riks of HIV/AIDS.
Currently Georgia belongs to the groups of countries with concentrated HIV epidemics. According to the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health 4,131 People living with HIV (PLWH) were officially registered by the end of 2013. The number of newly registered cases is about 500 per year. According to the national HIV surveillance system among newly registered HIV cases heterosexual transmission is the main mode of transmission (49%), followed by injecting drug use (35%) and homosexual intercourse (13%). The findings of the last Bio-BSS conducted in 2012 among female sex workers (FSWs) in Tbilisi and Batumi showed that, HIV prevalence among FSWs is 1.3% in Tbilisi and 0.8% in Batumi. The current study represents a further round of Bio-BSS in Tbilisi and Batumi, with the additional survey of population size estimation, which is important for the planning and implementation of adequate preventive interventions.
The current study is supported by Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. International experts are invited to participate in the survey design development and results analysis.
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