Correlates of pregnancy among Female Sex Workers (FSWs) in semi urban Blantyre, Malawi [post]

2020 unpublished
Little is known about female sex workers' (FSWs) reproductive health apart from their being at higher than usual risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. The problem addressed in this study was: "what are the correlates of pregnancy among FSWs in semi -urban Blantyre in Malawi?". Methods We used systematic sampling to recruit a total of 200 FSWs in four different study sites in Blantyre. Data were collected through questionnaire interviews. We calculated the mean and
more » ... rd deviation for continuous covariates and proportions for categorical variables to describe the data. Logistic regression analysis was used to examine the correlates between the outcome variable (pregnancy) and independent variables. Results Ninety one (45, 5%) FSWs were between 18 and 24 years. The prevalence of pregnancy was 61% for FSWs born in rural place as compared to 37% for those who were born in town. In multivariate analysis FSWs who reported to value being respected as mothers had 12 times the risk of pregnancy comparing to the ones who did not (AOR: 11.8, 95% CI: [4.56, 30.72] p -value <0.001). FSWs who reported using condoms inconsistently had five times the risk of pregnancy compared to the ones who did not, (AOR: 5.26, 95% CI: [2.29, 12.081], p -value <0.001). FSWs who had a request to bear children from steady partners had 5 times the risk of pregnancy comparing to the ones who did not (AOR: 5.07, 95% CI: [2.14, 11.99]). FSWs who reported forgetfulness of contraceptives' use had 3 times more risk of pregnancy comparing to the ones who did not (A0R: 3.49 CI: [1.29, 9.37], p-value < 0.013). Conclusion The study documents a wide range of correlates of pregnancies among FSWs in the study sites. It is
doi:10.21203/rs.2.22099/v1 fatcat:vifmuwgdhzgevbwydyzo3pgy4u