A COMMUNITY LED STUDY ON FEMALE SEX WORKER’S ACCESS TO AND QUALITY OF HIV, SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE AND OTHER HEALTH SERVICES IN BANGLADESH

A COMMUNITY LED STUDY ON FEMALE SEX WORKER’S ACCESS TO AND QUALITY OF HIV, SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE AND OTHER HEALTH SERVICES IN BANGLADESH

The key findings of the research is that stigma and discrimination against sex workers is highly prevalent in Bangladesh, due to religion, culture and law. The KPRA community assessment found that 13% of FSWs had been refused health services in the past 12 months, and of these 92% was because of their status as a sex worker. FSWs that are not refused services, still face stigma and discrimination by the health providers; 43% reported being stigmatized or discriminated by their health provider at least one time in the past 12 months and only 19% of FSW felt they had been treated the same as other patients when seeking healthcare services. FSW don’t disclose their sex worker status primarily because they feel embarrassed and ashamed (91%), fear of stigma and discrimination (58%), don’t believe its relevant to providers (22%) or feel they don’t have enough privacy to disclose the information (14%). As a result, only 14% of FSW felt comfortable disclosing their sex worker status when seeking health services, and most would only disclose their status if the providers were at Community Based/Drop-in-Centres (93%). In general, FSW face more stigma and discrimination at government facilities. Therefore, they prefer facilities that are not run by the government, especially private clinics where providers don’t stigmatize and discriminate, and treat all patients the same; however, FSW have to pay out of pocket for the private services and do not disclose their sex worker status.

Please read the full report for details on the quality of HIV, sexual and reproductive and other health services in Bangladesh

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