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Was the HIV Infection Burden in Female Sex Workers in China Overestimated? – Authors’ Reply

Citation

Baral, Stefan D.; Wirtz, Andrea L.; Poteat, Tonia; & Beyrer, Chris (2013). Was the HIV Infection Burden in Female Sex Workers in China Overestimated? - Authors' Reply. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 13(1), 13-14.

Abstract

Stefan Baral and colleagues described the burden of HIV infection among female sex workers in low-income and middle-income countries, on the basis of a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies. In their analysis, the authors estimated a pooled HIV prevalence of 3·0% (95% CI 2·8–3·3) among female sex workers in China. However, we believe that this prevalence is overestimated, partly because of selection and publication biases. HIV prevalence estimates from population-based surveys are
vulnerable to selection bias. Many studies, yielding a wide range of HIV prevalence in female sex workers, have been published in both international English journals and in national Chinese journals.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s1473-3099(12)70319-5

Reference Type

Journal Article

Article Type

Reply

Year Published

2013

Journal Title

Lancet Infectious Diseases

Author(s)

Baral, Stefan D.
Wirtz, Andrea L.
Poteat, Tonia
Beyrer, Chris