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