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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(3): 329-333

Prevalent Addictions and HIV Related High Risk Behaviour Among Construction Site Workers at a Medical College & Hospital in Kolkata

Fasihul Akbar, Manish Kumar Singh, Nivedita Das, Sujishnu Mukhopadhyay, Supantha Chaterjee, Debabani Biswas.

"Introduction: Construction workers are susceptible to unique health problems together with stress leading to increased promiscuity and addiction. Objective of the study was to get details of prevalent addiction and sexual practices and their relationship with each other.
Methods: 125 male construction workers of a private company were approached from the premise of a new medical college in Kolkata. Semi-structured schedule was used to collect data on socio-demographic, addiction and sexual behaviour by interview technique.
Results: Analysis on 110 workers showed 58.2% consumed alcohol and 2/3rd smoked. 37% workers under 25 years had sex with FSW with condom non-use of 86.5%. Age and literacy level was significantly associated with awareness of HIV/AIDS transmission. Alcohol and oral tobacco intake was associated with increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS (aOR=11.5 & 2.8 respectively).
Conclusion: Intensive Behaviour change communication is needed to address growing menace of alcoholism and oral tobacco among young construction workers."

Key words: Construction workers, addiction, high risk behaviour, HIV/AIDS

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