Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institutes of Health (R01DA028648)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (HHP-98835)
Received: 27 April 2016
Accepted: 5 December 2017
First Online: 19 December 2017
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The AESHA study was developed based on substantial community collaborations with sex work agencies, and was monitored by a Community Advisory Board of representatives of over 15 community agencies. The study holds ethical approval through Providence Health Care/University of British Columbia Research Ethics Board. All participants were given an extensive consent form that detailed purpose of the research, voluntary participation and withdrawal, study procedures, risks, and benefits, as well as compensation and access to HIV and other health treatment. The form also ensured confidentiality and attention to patients’ rights. If participants were illiterate, the form was read to them and staff ensured there was clear understanding before obtaining signatures.
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