Shahed Ghanimati
Student: Shahed Ghanimati
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My project had two components. One aspect was analyzing data sets developed from questionnaires administered to indirect female sex workers (IDFSW) in Phnom Penh, the capital, and Benteay Meanchey, a site bordering Thailand. I was responsible for cleaning, creating codebooks and the comparative analysis of the data. For the second part of my internship, I had the opportunity to be a part of a fieldwork team for the HIV Sentinel Surveillance (HSS) and to conduct participatory observations. As a result of the data analysis, I was able to determine the differences and similarities between IDFSW in Phnom Penh and Banteay Meanchey, and elucidate possible risk factors for HIV infection. During the second part of my internship I was given the opportunity to travel to Siem Reap, a province in Cambodia located northwest of the capital. As part of the HSS team I was able to attend health clinics and visit brothels where blood sample collection was taking place to determine the prevalence of HIV. I also had the opportunity to see the laboratory where rapid HIV tests were conducted.