Year: 2007 Source: Health Care for Women International, v.28, no.8, (September 2007), p.745-762 SIEC No: 20090572

This study examined the association of sexual coercion with HIV-related risk behaviours & suicidal thoughts & attempts among female sex workers in Guangxi, China. 454 women in 57 entertainment establishments were interviewed between March & May 2004. The prevalence of suicidal thoughts & suicide attempts in the previous 6 months were 14.3% & 8.4%, respectively. Sexual coercion was significantly associated with both an increased rate of HIV-related risk behaviour & suicidal thoughts & attempts. Along with awareness & intervention programs, efforts should be taken to reduce the exposure of female sex workers to sexual coercion & to improve their mental health. (39 refs.)