Research-to-Action

Legalize sex work, ax the HIV rate

Salon
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

...According to Kate Shannon, the study's lead author and an associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, sex workers - regardless of gender or sexuality - are subject to violence, abuse and discrimination that leaves them highly vulnerable to contracting the virus. "Across all settings, decriminalization of sex work could have the largest impact on the HIV epidemic among sex workers over just 10 years," Shannon said. "Governments and policymakers can no longer ignore the evidence."