HIV risk behaviors among Dominican brothel and street prostitutes in New York City

Sherry Deren, Jesus Sanchez, Michele Shedlin, W. Rees Davis, Mark Beardsley, Don Des Jarlais, Kim Miller

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Latina women are overrepresented among AIDS cases in the United States. To assist in developing appropriate prevention and intervention programs, information regarding HIV risk behaviors is needed on the many diverse Latina subgroups. This study examined sociodemographic characteristics and HIV risk behaviors of Dominican female prostitutes, comparing those who worked primarily in brothels with those who were street workers. A total of 77 Dominican prostitutes (54 brothel; 23 street) were recruited in New York City to participate in a structured interview and were offered HIV testing. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with a subscale. Results indicated that there were many significant differences in demographics and risk behaviors between the two groups, and those working in brothels engaged in lower levels of risk behaviors. In addition, those working in brothels had closer ties to the Dominican and Spanish cultures. Implications for AIDS prevention efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-456
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'HIV risk behaviors among Dominican brothel and street prostitutes in New York City'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this