Condom Use among Sex Workers in Suriname

A Study in Paramaribo and Albina

Author: UNFPA Suriname
No. of pages: 73
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: UNFPA Suriname
Available languages: English

This study is commissioned by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as part of its Comprehensive Condom Programming (CCP) initiative. The study objectives are to:

• Provide actionable evidence for social marketing decision making for sex workers;
• Identify levels and trends in behavior, risk, opportunity, ability, and motivation constructs.
• Determine which group and subgroup determinants affect decision to use condoms.

Methods: The research took place in November-December 2011 and focused on sex workers in the urban centers of Paramaribo and Albina, Suriname. The sample included sex workers belonging to different subgroups based on gender, working location, and nationality. Qualitative methods included qualitative interviews with sex workers; informal conversations with club, bar and salon owners; and observations. A quantitative survey was conducted with 228 sex workers among whom 177 women and 51 men. Limitations of the study are the absence of Chinese sex workers and the low number of Colombians in the sample, as well as the fact that random sampling was impossible.