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Conducting studies among female sex workers can be problematic because of the stigma related to sex work. That said, the prevalence of HIV infection in Greater Cairo still appears to be lower than that in other industrialized cities .
Worldwide studies estimate that nearly 5 million people are being infected with HIV every year [4,5] and about half of those currently infected with HIV are females . Rates of HIV infection are higher among those involved with sex work than in most other populations . The number of FSWs has been increasing over the past 2 decades mainly for economic reasons [5—7].
Paid sex remains an important factor in many of the HIV epidemics in western, central and eastern Africa. In Egypt, commercial sex is illegal but it does exist. This cosmopolitan area accommodates a population of nearly 14 million people . The target population was FSWs representing different categories as identified by 3 focus group discussions that were conducted before starting the field work. Each focus group included 6—8 sex workers recruited by El-Shehab organization.