HIV/AIDS

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.

News interview with sex workers in Uganda

This news interview features members of the Network of Sex Work Projects. They describe the challenges that they face in Uganda and the way that they are subject to stigma and discrimination and excluded from development policy and plans.

A focus on sex workers

A blog by Aziza Ahmed on the Open Democracy website in which the author reflects on Meena Seshu's plenary presentation at the International AIDS Conference and human rights, sex work and HIV more broadly.

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.

Money Boys

An exploratory survey of money boys and HIV transmission risk in Jilin Province, China.

AIDS Research and Therapy 2010, 7:17 doi:10.1186/1742-6405-7-17

Basic Rights Denied to Sex Workers Zimbabwe

This article describes the impact of sex work law and police brutality on sex workers in Zimbabwe

Locked in a filthy cell that was built for eight inmates, but filled with more than 25 women, Nyasha Maphosa, 32, a sex worker based in the town of Gokwe in the Midlands province, writhes in agony as the torture of the previous night takes its toll on her diminutive figure. She has endured 48 hours of detention after being picked up by the Zimbabwe Republic Police patrol team. The charge: loitering for the purposes of prostitution. 

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. 

Independent Commission on AIDS and the Law

Sex workers support Ban Ki Moon

“I urge all countries to remove punitive laws, policies and practices that hamper the AIDS response… Successful AIDS responses do not punish people; they protect them…We must ensure that AIDS responses are based on evidence, not ideology, and reach those most in need and most affected.”
Ban Ki Moon

Analysis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Related Activities in Round 8 and 9 Proposals

This document from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (the Fund), authored by Adam Graham, analyses HIV proposals to the Fund in Rounds 8 and 9.

It focuses on men who have sex with men, sex workers and transgendered people and looks at levels of participation and representation, the evidence base and service delivery.

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