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Hiv Risk Behavior And Work In Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Study

E Buregyeya
W Bazeyo
BE Moen
C Michelo
K Fylkesnes


Objective: The study assessed the prevalence of factors associated with HIV risky behaviour among employees of a Sugar Factory in Jinja District, Uganda.
Methods: A cross-sectional study of 321 participants was carried out in a Sugar Factory where several workers were migrants. Using an interviewer-administered questionnaire, information on socio-demographic characteristics, work factors and sexual behaviours
was obtained. Results: Fifty-one percent of the men and 32% of the women reported having multiple sex partners in the past year. Thirty-six percent of the respondents reported using condoms during the last casual sex. Twenty-four percent of men and 15% women reported sexually transmitted infection-related symptoms in the last one-year. Having multiple sex partners was associated with being a contract worker (OR= 2.1, 95%CI= 1.10-3.79) and being married but not living with spouse (OR= 2.1, 95%CI= 1.16-4.00).
Conclusion: HIV risk behaviour among Sugar Factory workers is associated with separation from partner. HIV intervention strategies should include work related factors of this type.

Keywords: HIV, Sexual, Risk behaviour, Factory, Workplace, Uganda

East African Journal of Public Health Vol. 5 (1) 2008 pp. 43-48