Table 3: Knowledge of STI symptoms, self-reported symptoms, and response to symptoms; HIV testing history and treatment-seeking behaviors among 212 clandestine female sex workers: Lima, Peru, 2003.

N = 212(%)

Knowledge of female symptoms of STIa
 Lower abdominal pain61(28.8)
 Vaginal discharge147(69.3)
 Malodorous discharge75(35.4)
 Burning pain while urinating45(21.2)
 Genital ulcer50(23.6)
 Swollen pelvic lymph nodes1(0.5)
 Genital itching70(33.0)
 Genital warts42(19.8)
Reported symptoms in past 12 months
 Yellow vaginal discharge160(75.5)
 Genital ulcer25(11.8)
 Do not know1(0.5)
 No symptoms reported49(23.1)
 Both vaginal discharge and genital ulcer162(76.4)
Care seeking behaviors among 162 women who reported symptomsb
 Sought help at a pharmacy89(54.9)
 Sought help in public clinic48(29.6)
 Took medicine available at home13(8.0)
 Traditional healer10(6.2)
Sexual behaviors among 162 women who reported symptomsb
 Told sex partner67(41.4)
 Avoided sex90(55.6)
 Used condoms with clientsc140(86.4)
 Used condoms with stable partner33(20.4)
Know of an HIV testing sited145(68.7)
Had HIV test in the paste153(72.9)
Test taken voluntarilyf133(86.9)
Received HIV test results among all those who testedg133(86.9)
Received HIV test results following voluntary testingh116(87.2)
Months since last HIV testf
 0–3 months32(20.9)
 4–6 months43(28.1)
 ≥7 months78(51.0)

aParticipants were prompted to name any signs or symptoms they associated with STI. bParticipants were allowed to report more than one treatment-seeking behavior. cNo distinction made between casual and regular (caserito) client. dOne missing observation. eOne missing observation and one do not know response. fAmong 153 women who reported taking an HIV test in the past; women who took test voluntarily do not match all women who received HIV results. gThree required to take test did not know their results. hAmong 133 women who tested voluntarily.