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Greater risk for more money: the economics of negotiating condom use amongst sex workers in South Africa

Journal article
Authors Gavin George
Siphumelele Nene
Sean Beckett
Dick Durevall
Annika Lindskog
Kaymarlin Govender
Published in AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume 31
Issue 9
Pages 1168-1171
ISSN 09540121
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 1168-1171
Language en
Keywords Condom negotiation, price premium, sex workers, South Africa
Subject categories Economics and Business, Health Sciences


© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The economics of sex work and the effect on safe sex practices remain understudied. This research contributes to a better understanding of how economic opportunity and vulnerability place sex workers (SWs) at an increased risk of STI infection. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, we investigated the role of economic incentives in determining condom use among SWs. The data reveals that SWs are on average, nearly doubling their rates for condomless sex. Our findings that SWs are engaging in condomless sex to increase their earnings, illustrates the point that the context in which they operate influences condom negotiation and consequently, increases risky sexual behaviour.

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