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Decriminalizing sex work can avert HIV: Lancet report

Live Mint
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Decriminalizing sex work will have the single greatest effect on the course of HIV epidemics across the world, and could avert at least a third of HIV infections among sex workers and their clients in the next decade through its immediate and sustained effect on violence, policing, and safer work environments, according to a seven-part series of research on HIV and sex workers published in medical journal The Lancet.

The report is based on case studies from countries including India, Canada, and Kenya. It provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of HIV and sex workers, and contains contributions from sex workers, academics, and legal and public health experts.