Research-to-Action

Conservative prostitution bill would keep HIV rates high, according to study

Metro News
Monday, July 21, 2014

...Kate Shannon, an associate professor in medicine at University of British Columbia and the lead Canadian author, told Torstar News Service that the research clearly shows Canada is taking the wrong approach in moving to criminalize the purchase of sex and maintaining certain narrowed criminal prohibitions on those who sell sex.

The study showed police harassment "can directly influence HIV acquisition risk by forcing female sex workers to rush transactions with their clients, forgo condoms or engage in risky sexual practices, or by displacement... to isolated or hidden venues, where they have less ability to control transactions (e.g. client selection, types of sexual acts or condom use)."