Research-to-Action

Africa: Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention

All Africa
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A new series in the medical journal The Lancet says achieving an AIDS-free generation will not be possible unless the human rights of sex workers are recognized. Researchers say sex workers face violence and discrimination and are not able to access the care, treatment and prevention measures they need.

The Lancet articles say people who sell sex - whether in high or low income countries - 'face a disproportionate risk and burden of HIV." These include women, men and transgender people. Much of the problem, the authors said, has to do with "repressive and discriminatory law, policy and practice."