HIV prevention

Only Rights can Stop the Wrongs: The Smart Person's Guide to HIV and Sex Work

Unfavourable laws, stigma, violence, and discrimination cause sex workers’ vulnerability to ill health, social exclusion and human rights violations. Sex workers face these to varying degrees in all cultures from Switzerland to Swaziland, Canada to Cambodia.

This guide, published by the International Network of Sex Work Projects, outlines their understanding of HIV and sex work and sets out their global agenda for change.

Effectiveness and Safety of Tenofovir Gel an Antiretroviral Microbicide

The CAPRISA 004 trial assessed effectiveness and safety of a 1% vaginal gel formulation of tenofovir, a nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor, for the prevention of HIV acquisition in women. A double-blind, randomized controlled trial was conducted comparing tenofovir gel with placebo gel in sexually active, HIVuninfected18 to 40 year-old women in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa HIV serostatus, safety,sexual behavior and gel and condom use were assessed at monthly follow-up visits for 30 months.

HIV Gel Called Poor Substitute for Women's Rights

VIENNA, Austria (WOMENSENEWS)--The preventive benefits of an HIV vaginal gel dominated the headlines of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna last week, but failed to allay the concerns that Mabel Bianco has about the public-health response to the epidemic.

Kenya Documentary: Sex Workers, Peer Education, and Social Change

In Mombassa, Kenya HIV prevalence for female sex workers is 31 % and condom use remains extremely low among women in Coast province. Commissioners visited a commercial sex worker drop-in center to learn about the most HIV-at-risk populations in Kenya and hear their stories. Commissioners heard from peer educators who use their knowledge of HIV prevention and family planning to counsel sex workers and others to encourage healthier behaviors.

HIV risk perceptions, knowledge and behaviours among female sex workers in two cities in Turkmenistan.

This paper describes HIV risk behaviour patterns among street- and bar-based female sex workers in the Turkmenistan cities of Ashgabat and Mary. 

Sex workers in India combat stigma to demand rights and health care

Sampada Grameen Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM) is an HIV/AIDS organization that works primarily with sex workers. SANGRAM is based in the Sangli district in Maharashtra state. 

Update from Rwanda on proposed law reform

By Matthew Greenall, independent consultant

According to reports, the new penal code currently being considered by Rwanda's Senate includes a provision to criminalise sex work.  The existing penal code, which dates from the 1970s, gives judicial authorities the option of placing restrictions on the movement of sex workers, and contains a number of provisions against facilitating or promoting sex work, running sex work establishments and living off the earnings of prostitution.  The proposed new article would introduce jail terms and fines for sex workers themselves. 

Bush insider recounts how ideology trumped science on US AIDS policy

A news story from the BMJ by Bob Roehr which reviews the report "How Ideology Trumped Science: Why PEPFAR has failed to meet its potential," written by Scott Evertz.

How Ideology Trumped Science: Why PEPFAR Has Failed to Meet its Potential

A report by Evertz S H sponsored by the Council for Global Equality. Evertz was the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy during U.S. President George W. Bush's first term.

A right to be: A film about sex work in the Caribbean

A film from the Caribbean Treatment Action Group and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition about the problems faced by sex workers in the Caribbean. There is a focus on migrant workers, HIV, abuse from the state, stigma and discrimination from the community and efforts to overcome them.

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