Women's voices: Attitudes and behaviors of female Ghanaian sex workers regarding HIV prevention and AIDS-related stigma

Bonnie Raingruber, Ernest Uwazie, Sylvester Bowie

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Attitudes and behaviors of sex workers have a pivotal influence on the spread of AIDS. A qualitative descriptive study was undertaken to elicit Ghanaian female sex workers' perspectives regarding effective methods of HIV prevention, sources of AIDS-related stigma, and challenges associated with sex work. Women described that: (1) sex work is hard; (2) they felt God would protect their health; (3) staying safe is both a gift and a priority; (4) sex work allows for autonomy; and (5) AIDS-related stigma is very real. To design effective prevention programs it is necessary to consider the culture and perspectives of those who will be served.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)514-519
Number of pages6
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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