Research-to-Action

The Lancet Says Decriminalizing Sex Work Could Significantly Reduce HIV Infections

The Body Pro
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

..."Modeling suggests that across both generalized and concentrated HIV epidemics, decriminalization of sex work could have the largest effect on the course of the HIV epidemic, averting 33% to 46% of incident infections over the next decade through combined effects on violence, police harassment, safer work environments, and HIV transmission pathways," the paper's lead authour Kate Shannon explained.

The paper also found elimination of violence by clients, police and strangers could avert 17% to 20% of HIV infections among female sex workers and their clients in Canada and Kenya, where sexual violence had an immediate and sustained effect on non-condom use.