Research-to-Action

Preventing HIV: the decriminalisation of sex wrok

Open Democracy
Monday, August 11, 2014

At the recent International AIDS Conference, The Lancet released a special issue on sex work and HIV. Acknowledging that sex workers constitute a disproportionate burden of people with HIV, Kate Shannon and colleagues modeled various interventions to measure how change in structural determinants of health would impact HIV transmission. Researchers found that the decriminalisation of sex work would have the largest impact on the course of HIV epidemics by "averting 33-46% of HIV infections in the next decade."