HIV prevention

HIV Treatment reduces transmission by 96%

Woman offering HIV treatment

The news that people living wtih HIV who are on antiretoviral therapy will have a huge effect on HIV programming for sex workers. It  suggests that ARV therapy rather than condom promotion may account for the huge reduction in HIV transmissions during commercial sex over recent years.  It also raises the question of whether voluntary testing should be replaced by routine testing. What it definitely raises is the importance of free access to ARVs, nutrition and adherence support for all. 

Microbicides and Sex Workers: An Advocacy Brief

There are key issues that must be addressed to ensure that the introduction of non-condom prevention alternatives reduces the vulnerability of sex workers and their clients while avoiding unintended negative consequences. Clearly, the roll-out of such tools, and specifically public availability of the first microbicides, is likely to benefit some people but they could also, inadvertently increase the risk of HIV, STIs and unwanted preganancies for female sex workers. 

Condom Use and Factors Influencing Condom Use among Female Sex Workers in Shanghai

Objective: To understand condom use between female sex workers(FSWs) and different kinds of partners,and factors influencing condom use among FSWs.Methods: Anonymous face-to-face questionnaire survey was conducted among 521 FSWs recruited by using Respondent Driven Sampling approach in Shanghai.Results: With steady partners,regular clients and one time clients,the proportion of FSWs who always used condoms in the past one month was 24.0%,54.3% and 72.6%,respectively,and the proportion of FSWs who used condom the last time she had sex was 33.3%,73.9% and 87.3%,respectively.The main reasons f

Anna Forbes: From Microbicides to Sex Workers—A Logical Development

An article by Lauren Tuck which originally appeared in Poz Magazine

Anna Forbes: From Microbicides to Sex Workers—A Logical Development

Video from SANGRAM: Durga's story

This film from SANGRAM explores how organising as part of VAMP has affected sex workers' lives.

HIV-Related Risk Behaviors and History of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Male Migrants Who Patronize Commercial Sex in China

This study in China found that ten percent of men in a community sample and 32.7% of men in an STD clinic sample reported having ever paid for sex. Nearly 20% of clients from the community sample and 60% of clients from the STD clinic sample reported a history of STDs. For both the community and STD clinic samples, working at industrial or construction sectors, multiple sexual partners, regular sex partner having sex with others, and a history of drug use were associated with being a male client.

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