Research-to-Action

Decriminalising prostitution would 'slash HIV rates among sex workers'

thejournal.ie
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Among the major findings presented today are those included in "Global epidemiology of HIV among female sex workers: influence of structural determinants" a study led by Dr. Kate Shannon from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

They include the following:

  • decriminalising prostitution is the single most effective way to cut HIV infection among sex workers, and bring down rates by more than one third
  • reducing sexual violence against sex workers could cause rates to drop by 20%
  • improving access to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) could decrease rates by a third