Migrant disease awareness survey in St. Petersburg

IOM Moscow and Filha (Finnish Lung Health Association) conducted a survey among labour migrants in St. Petersburg (n=150) in 2014.

The survey included assessments of migrants’ awareness of HIV, hepatitis TB and STIs; involvement in risk behaviour such as sexual contacts, alcohol and drug consumption; and asked to rank various sources in terms of their importance as suppliers of information on communicable diseases. The results revealed considerable gender gap, with women being better informed about transmission routes and prevention methods against infectious diseases. Gender gap extends to information sources on TB and other communicable diseases. For men they include TV, educational institutions, friends medical professionals, and parents while women rely on parents, TV, friends, educational institutions and medical professionals.

The survey was financed by the Finnish Consulate General in St. Petersburg.