Contact: Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria
Sex work is a term used to describe a wide range of activities relating to the exchange of money for the provision of sexual services (Odigie and Achukwu, 2018). Some women may occasionally or opportunistically collect fees or gifts for sexual performance without perceiving the act as transactional sex work. Exchanging sex for money in regular transactions used as a source of livelihood is often seen as transactional sex work. However, sex workers become occupationally exposed to sexually transmitted diseases apart from being a risky activity that leads to acquiring deadly viral infections (Odigie et al., 2018). Different forms of transactional sex works exist, but we focused on the street sex workers for this study. Other sex workers and those indulging in an explicit sexual perverseness are relatively exposed to viral infections and may serve as a reservoir. The role of sexual transmission including viral-related cases seems to be unlimited and encourages the spread of deadly viruses especially from transactional street sex workers (TSSW). Due to the varieties of social and legal discriminatory issues, the TSSWs are poorly identified and not regularly screened compared to their counterpart in brothels (Odigie and Achukwu, 2018; Odigie et al. 2018).
Keywords: Transactional street sex worker, sexual reservoir, HIV1/II, and viral infections