Research-to-Action

HIV risk 14 times higher among sex workers in poorer nations

Medical News Today
Friday, March 16, 2012

The risk of contracting HIV is 14 times higher for female sex workers in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) than for women in the general population, according to a study published Online First in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Three decades have passed since the global HIV epidemic started, yet knowledge about HIV amongst sex workers is still limited, despite these women's increased risk of infection because of higher exposure to biological, behavioural and structural risk factors.