Paulo Longo Research Initiative

PLRI aims to consolidate ethical, interdisciplinary scholarship on sex work to inform activism and advocacy that will improve the human rights, health and well being of sex workers.

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Monthly sex worker tests are ridiculous, health experts say

Article by Julia Medew in The Age, May 31, 2011.

Health Minister David Davis has backed down from a plan for Victorian sex workers to have fewer tests for sexually transmitted infections, prompting sharp criticism from public health experts who say the plan should go ahead.

Last week, a Department of Health project officer told a health and sex work conference the government had approved a move from monthly to three-monthly tests for sex workers in the regulated industry from September.

Prostitution latest target of Rio's Olympic change

News story on the CBS News site, 2 June 2011. Usually stories related to large sporting events are about trafficking. This piece is about the damage that will be done to businesses and communities as a result of a push to 'gentrify' areas of Rio in the run up to the World Cup and Olympics.

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Malawi: Case Challenging Mandatory HIV Testing of Sex Workers Filed in High Court

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre and the Centre for the Development of People will be filing a challenge to the mandatory HIV testing of sex workers in Mwanza, Malawi.

The applicants, 11 sex workers, were arrested by police while at a local restaurant, taken to a local public hospital, and subjected to an HIV test without their consent.

The test results were announced publicly in court by the Magistrate and they were found guilty of spreading venereal disease. The Magistrate ordered those not from Mwanza to leave the locality.

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. 

Sex workers present to Global Commission on HIV and the Law

Sex workers from throughout Asia and the Pacific present their arguments for recognition of sex work to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law In Bangkok in March 2011. This is a 'must watch' video and a perfect teaching or training aid.

Sex worker rights are Human Rights – it’s official!

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The U.S. was recently subjected to a Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations, in which they received 226 recommendations in regards to human rights issues. This is the very first review of the U.S.

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