This fifth round of Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) survey was conducted among Female Sex Workers (FSWs) in Pokhara valley with the aim to monitor the trends of HIV and STIs (syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia) prevalence and also the relevant risk behaviors in this population.
This descriptive serial cross-sectional survey was conducted between January and April 2016. Two stage cluster sampling method was followed in this study. Altogether 342 FSWs were participated for the study. A set of semi-structured questionnaire was prepared and administered to the female sex workers to acquire information on their HIV/STIs related knowledge and behavior including socio-demographic information, sexual behavior, exposure to HIV/STIs awareness program etc.
Keywords: Nepal, HIV, STI, FSW, clients, prevalence, sexual behavior, condom use