CRVAW Faculty Journal Articles


Adolescent sex workers potentially have many health needs but are included rarely in health assessments; therefore, little is known about their needs or how to reach them. This study examines the motivations, social context, and health needs of street-based adolescent sex workers. The results show these youths are more likely to experience negative health outcomes, such as unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, when they are using drugs or are depressed. These findings suggest the need for comprehensive programming to include individual, interpersonal, and greater environmental interventions. Examples for reaching adolescent sex workers are discussed.

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Published in Family & Community Health, v. 22, no. 2, p. 59-71.

This manuscript provided with permission from the publisher, and also accessible through the journal's website at

Dr. Ann Coker had not been a faculty member of the University of Kentucky at the time of publication.