Corlien M Varkevisser

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OBJECTIVES To compare the sexual behaviour of female sex workers in urban and rural areas in Nyanza province in Kenya, and to compare their unsafe sex with clients and with regular partners. METHODS In a cross-sectional study among 64 sex workers (32/32 in urban/rural areas), sex workers kept a sexual diary for 14 days after being interviewed(More)
BACKGROUND Commercial sex plays an important role in the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa, especially in beginning epidemics. GOAL The goal was to study the sociodemographic characteristics and sexual risk behavior of clients of female sex workers (FSWs) in Nyanza province, Kenya. STUDY DESIGN In the town of Kisumu and the rural districts Siaya and(More)
There appear to be regional differences in gender ratios of leprosy patients being diagnosed and treated. In Asian countries, more men than women are registered whilst in Africa female patients outnumber males. The Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR) therefore initiated research into factors underlying these regional gender differences. Between 1997 and 1999,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine for what reasons West African immigrants, who contribute the largest single group of malaria cases in the Netherlands, visit pre-travel preventive health services and whether use of such services is likely to improve use of preventive measures. METHODS Semi-structured interviews with eligible participants recruited through West(More)
BACKGROUND Health care-seeking behavior for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is important in STD/HIV control. GOAL The goal of this study was to describe the proportion seeking care, patient delay, and choice of provider among men and women with STD-related complaints in Nairobi, Kenya. STUDY DESIGN A population-based questionnaire was administered(More)
BACKGROUND Many tuberculosis (TB) patients in Indonesia are diagnosed late. We seek to document patient journeys toward TB diagnosis and treatment and factors that influence health care seeking behavior. METHODS TB patients in Jogjakarta municipality (urban) and Kulon Progo district (rural) were recruited from health care facilities participating in the(More)
There is reason to pay extra attention to women's health. Not only do complications related to reproduction pose risks to women's health; environmental, in particular cultural factors do so as well. The combination of sexual and economic subordination of women in many societies leads to discrimination which has a detrimental effect on the health of women,(More)
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