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Long term virological, immunological and mortality outcomes in a cohort of HIV-infected female sex workers treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy in Africa

Article in BMC Public Health 2011, 11:700.

Background

Concerns have been raised that marginalised populations may not achieve adequate compliance to antiretroviral therapy. Our objective was to describe the long-term virological, immunological and mortality outcomes of providing highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) with strong adherence support to HIV-infected female sex workers (FSWs) in Burkina Faso and contrast outcomes with those obtained in a cohort of regular HIV-infected women.

HIV treatment as prevention—it works

Article in the Lancet,  Volume 377, Issue 9779, Page 1719, 21 May 2011.

This article gives more detail on the recent trial of HIV treatment as a form of 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. 

UGANDA: 'Why Waste ARVs on Sex Workers?'

By Evelyn Matsamura Kiapi

Maclean Kamya. / Credit: Evelyn Kiapi/IPS

Maclean Kamya. / Credit: Evelyn Kiapi/IPS

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers and the Paulo Longo Research Initiative will produce a new version of Making Sex Work Safe

Making Sex Work Safe was developed by sex workers from the early International Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). It was written by Paulo Longo and Cheryl Overs. It provides global perspectives on information about sex workers, analysis of law and policy and guidance about how to ensure that programmes on sex work are rights based and grounded in communities.

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.

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