July 23, 2012: AIDS 2012 Daily Summary

Human Rights and HIV/AIDS: Now More Than Ever
Monday, July 23, 2012

Sex workers issues during the first full day of the International AIDS Conference (IAC) were highlighted in two major press conferences held at the IAC’s Media Center...

...Dr. Kate Shannon, a researcher, reviewed a recent meta-analysis of data from 50 countries showing the damage caused by criminalization and the urgent need to move toward evidence-based approaches to reducing HIV risk among sex workers. Finally, Law Professor Azaza Ahmed summarized the recommendations laid out in the recent report, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (see 21 July Daily Summary for details). The report concludes that decriminalization of sex work is key to stopping the HIV epidemic and decreasing violence against sex workers perpetrated by both the state and clients.