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HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Among Sex Workers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

This study, by UNAIDS, describes the experiences of, and challenges faced by, five nongovernmental organizations in eastern Europe and central Asia, which developed effective practices and implemented promising HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention programmes for sex workers and their clients. The programmes' key objectives were to decrease sex workers' vulnerability by improving their overall well being and supporting their empowerment. It is hoped their experiences will be helpful in initiating and moving forward similar projects in low-resource settings.

A Tale of Two Countries: HIV Among Core Groups in Togo

Article by Sobéla F., Pépin J., Gbéléou S, Banla A. K., Pitche V. P., Adom W., Sodji D., Frost E., Deslandes S. and Labbé A-C., in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Volume 51, Number 2, June 1, 2009, pp 216-223.

Exploring HIV Risk among MSM in Kigali, Rwanda

The study was led by the National AIDS Control Commission (CNLS) of Rwanda, with technical assistance from MEASURE Evaluation. It presents findings from a behavioral surveillance study (BSS) of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kigali carried out in 2008-2009. The aim of this study was to describe the population of MSM in Kigali and explore the nature of sexual activity between MSM.

Sex Work, Violence and HIV: A Guide for Programmes with Sex Workers

This programming guide, by Matt Greenall for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, is primarily for organisations implementing HIV/AIDS projects with sex workers and for organisations providing funding and technical support to these projects. It aims to help organisations understand and assess the importance of taking violence into account, and to help design and carry out activities to prevent and deal with violence against sex workers. (summary taken from the report)

The Crusade Against Sex Trafficking

This news story, by Noy Thrupkaew in The Nation, explores approaches to combatting trafficking with particular reference to the work of the International Justice Mission.

They are no longer sex workers, declares Shawa

This story, in the Nyasa Times, relates how the Principal Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) responsible for HIV and AIDS and Nutrition in Malawi, Mary Shawa, has suggested that the term Sex Worker is phased out in favour of 'People who frequent public places' to try and counter stigma and discrimination.

Trials and Tribulations of HIV Prevention Research

A news story, from PlusNews, that explores why South African women have volunteered in their thousands to participate in clinical trials for microbicides. It also explains why they might drop out of the study before its completion.

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