HIV

Preventing Prevention Trial Failures: A case study and lessons for future trials from the 2004 Tenofovir trial in Cambodia

This document is published by the Global Campaign for Microbicides and is based on interviews conducted in Cambodia and by telephone from mid-2006 through 2008 with key players in the events surrounding the 2004 trial to determine whether tenofovir disoproxil fumarate was safe and effective for use as a pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis to prevent HIV transmission. Before the trial formally began, preparations for it were halted by the Cambodian government following protests led by the Women’s Network for Unity (WNU), the union of Cambodian sex workers.

Can health programmes lead to mistreatment of sex workers?

An article by  Loff B., Longo P. and Overs C. in The Lancet, Volume 361, Issue 9373, Pages 1982 - 1983, 7 June 2003.

Sex Work and Research Ethics

STELLA is a Canadian sex worker group that has developed its own code of research ethics for clinical trials on new HIV-prevention and treatment technologies or sero-prevalence studies.

Respecting sex work

A news story from the Afrol News website.

Mozambique's deputy Minister of Women's Affairs and Social Welfare has called for the urgent establishment of legislation that would lead to the respect of the fundamental rights of sex workers. He said the legislation would help in advancing issues like the right to health, to dignity, protection against violence and other forms of abuse, and respect for the women's choice of profession, regardless of their motives for becoming sex workers. (adapted from author)

Sexual Abuse of Brothel-Based Female Sex Workers in Abuja, Nigeria

An article by Dagunduro Tolu A, Fawole Olufunmilayo I, and Makinde Olusesan A. in Sexuality in Africa Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 3, 2008.

Reaching out to sex workers

This article elaborates about the best ways to serve the reproductive health and other needs of sex workers. It argues that the human rights of sex workers are routinely violated and explains why projects with sex workers must go beyond public health orientated HIV prevention to include structural interventions that address human rights and law.

Violence, dignity and HIV vulnerability: street sex work in Serbia

An article is by Simic, M. and Rhodes, T. in the Sociology of Health and Illness, 2009 Jan;31(1):1-16.

Searching for justice for body and self in a coercive environment: sex work in Kerala, India

This article appears in Reproductive Health Matters, 2004 May;12(23):58-67. Sex workers in Kerala, India, live in a coercive environment and face violence from the police and criminals, lack of shelter, lack of childcare support and have many physical and mental health problems. This paper documents the environment in which women have been selling sex in Kerala since 1995, and their efforts to claim their rights. It is based on sex workers' own reports and experiences, a situation analysis and a needs assessment study by the Foundation for Integrated Research in Mental Health.

Can sex workers regulate police? Learning from an HIV prevention project for sex workers in southern India

An article by Biradavolu, M. Burris, S. and George, A. in Social Science and Medicine, Apr;68(8):1541-7. Interventions that mobilize sex workers to seek changes in laws and law enforcement practices have been prominent in India and have received considerable scholarly attention. Although it is acknowledged that policing practices can exacerbate HIV risk, there are few studies on the strategies sex worker advocates use to modify police behaviour or the struggles they face in challenging state institutions.

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