This Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) survey was carried out by Intrepid Nepal (INPL) under the leadership of the National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) and in partnership with Save the Children-Nepal. The existing National HIV and AIDS Strategy (2011-2016) identifies Female Sex Workers (FSWs) as one of the key affected populations (KAPs) at a higher risk of spreading the HIV epidemic. This is the sixth round of the IBBS survey conducted among FSWs in 22 highway districts of Nepal. The survey is a part of the National HIV Surveillance Plan (2012) and National HIV and AIDS Strategy (2011-2016). In line with the objectives of the previous rounds of the IBBS surveys, the sixth round of the survey was undertaken to determine the trends of HIV and STIs prevalence, assess HIV and STI-related risk behaviors, explore the level of awareness and understanding of HIV/STIs, record STI symptoms, account incidence of violence, as well as assess exposure to HIV intervention programs and services among FSWs in 22 Terai highway districts of Nepal.
Keywords: Nepal, IBBS, HIV, FSW, prevalence, syphilis, condom