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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014, Article ID 103128, 7 pages
Research Article

Sexual Practices of Female Sex Workers Who Inject Drugs in Osogbo, Nigeria

1Department of Research and Reproductive Health, Public Health Promotion Alliance, Osogbo 3166, Nigeria
2Department of Health Promotion and Education, Faculty of Public Health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan 2000005, Nigeria
3Department of Community Health Nursing, Niger-Delta University, Wilberforce Island 569108, Nigeria

Received 11 June 2014; Revised 9 October 2014; Accepted 18 October 2014; Published 6 November 2014

Academic Editor: Fabio Montanaro

Copyright © 2014 Ademola Lukman Adelekan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Female sex workers (FSWs) who inject drugs have higher risks of HIV infection due to injection drug use and the array of sexual practices employed. This study, therefore, is designed to determine sexual practices of FSWs who inject drug in Osogbo, Nigeria. This study was a cross-sectional descriptive mixed-methods design. Twenty-seven FSWs who inject drug were selected from 11 brothels by snowball sampling and interviewed with a semistructured questionnaire and in-depth interview guide. The mean age of respondents was . Many of the respondents were aware of the magnitude of HIV and some were sex workers first before turning to be drug users. Some of the respondents had ever tested for HIV and few had ever been treated for STI more than once. Some respondents were willing to have male clients who do not wear a condom in exchange for accepting more money in return. Many of the respondents reported use of condom, regular talking of herbs, and good personal hygiene as ways of protecting themselves from HIV. Respondents have relatively high numbers of sexual partners. Involving sex workers directly in HIV prevention campaigns will encourage them to look after their health and to access services that could help them.