Low completion rate of hepatitis B vaccination in female sex workers

Esquema incompleto de vacunación contra hepatitis B en mujeres profesionales del sexo

Rosilane de Lima Brito Magalhães Sheila Araújo Teles Renata Karina Reis Marli Teresinha Gimeniz Galvão Elucir Gir About the authors



to assess predictive factors for noncompletion of the hepatitis B vaccination schedule in female sex workers in the city of Teresina, Northeastern Brazil.


402 women were interviewed and, for those who did not wish to visit specialized sites, or did not know their hepatitis B vaccination status, the vaccine was offered at their workplaces. Bi- and multivariate analyses were performed to identify potential predictors for noncompletion of the vaccination schedule.


of the 284 women eligible for vaccination, 258 (90.8%) received the second dose, 157/258 (60.8%) and 68/258 (26.3%) received the second and third doses, respectively. Working at clubs and consuming illicit drugs were predictors for noncompletion of the vaccination schedule.


the high acceptability of the vaccine's first dose, associated with low completion rates of the vaccination schedule in sex workers, shows the need for more persuasive strategies that go beyond offering the vaccine at their workplaces.

Sex workers; Immunization; Hepatitis B; Women; Vulnerable Populations

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