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Impact of Stigma on Utilization of Health Services among Sex Workers in Kenya
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Author(s): Laura Nyblade, David Kuria Mbote, Catherine Barker, Javier Morla, Daniel Mwai, Tom Oneko, Melissa Stockton, Arin Dutta, Joshua Kimani, Helgar Musyoki, Stella Njugana, Martin Sirengo, Caroline Kemunto, John Mathenge, Peninah Mwangi, and Thomas Odhiam

Primary Language: English

Date: 9/30/2015


A new study released by the Health Policy Project, examines the experience of stigma and discrimination among male and female sex workers and how these experiences affect sex workers’ utilization of health services. Measuring the prevalence of four types of stigma: anticipated, witnessed/heard, experienced, and internalized; the study revealed that over 80 percent of male sex workers and over 70 percent of female sex workers avoided or delayed needed health services in the year preceding the survey. This and other findings provide critical evidence for the need to address stigma and discrimination to both improve health outcomes of and control the HIV among the key populations most affected by HIV.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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