Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institute of Mental Health (R25MH064712)
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Iran Ministry of Health
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Compliance with Ethical Standards
: All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
: All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
: Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. The study was anonymous, and no identifying information was collected during recruitment, informed consent, interview, or STIs testing. A unique identification code was provided to participants to help link survey responses to their test results. Participants were able to receive their STIs test results, post-test counseling, and referrals from the local testing and counseling center by providing their unique identification code. FSWs were given 70,000 Rials (equal to ~ 2.5 USD) as an incentive for participating in the study and 30,000 Rials (equal to ~ 1 USD) if they returned to receive their test results. The study protocol was reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of Kerman University of Medical Sciences (Ethical Code: K/93/209).