Silk Road Health Project mobility-migration-hiv SPSS data

Nabila El-Bassel; Louisa Gilbert; Stacey A. Shaw; Gaukhar Mergenova; Assel Terlikbayeva; Sholpan Primbetova; Xin Ma; Mingway P. Chang; Leyla Ismayilova; Timothy Hunt; Brooke West; Elwin Wu; Chris Beyrer

Silk Road Health Project mobility-migration-hiv SPSS data
El-Bassel, Nabila
Gilbert, Louisa
Shaw, Stacey A.
Mergenova, Gaukhar
Terlikbayeva, Assel
Primbetova, Sholpan
Ma, Xin
Chang, Mingway P.
Ismayilova, Leyla
Hunt, Timothy
West, Brooke
Wu, Elwin
Beyrer, Chris
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Social Work
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Asia, Central
Underlying data for a paper by El-Bassel et. al. titled The Silk Road Health Project: How mobility and migration status influence HIV risks among male migrant workers in Central Asia.
[Objectives] We examined whether mobility, migrant status, and risk environments are associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV risk behaviors (e.g. sex trading, multiple partners, and unprotected sex). [Methods] We used Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) to recruit external male migrant market vendors from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan as well internal migrant and non-migrant market vendors from Kazakhstan. We conducted multivariate logistic regressions to examine the effects of mobility and migration status and risk environment on STIs and sexual risk behaviors. [Results] Mobility was associated with increased risk for biologically-confirmed STIs, sex trading, and unprotected sex among non-migrants, but not among internal or external migrants. Condom use rates were low among all three groups, particularly external migrants. Risk environment factors of low-income status, debt, homelessness, and limited access to medical care were associated with unprotected sex among external migrants. [Conclusion] Study findings underscore the role mobility and risk environments play in shaping HIV/STI risks. They highlight the need to consider mobility in the context of migration status and other risk environment factors in developing effective prevention strategies for this population.
Sexually transmitted diseases
Migrant Labor
HIV infections--Risk factors
Public health
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Nabila El-Bassel, Louisa Gilbert, Stacey A. Shaw, Gaukhar Mergenova, Assel Terlikbayeva, Sholpan Primbetova, Xin Ma, Mingway P. Chang, Leyla Ismayilova, Timothy Hunt, Brooke West, Elwin Wu, Chris Beyrer, , Silk Road Health Project mobility-migration-hiv SPSS data, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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