Research-to-Action

Study reveals decriminalization of sex work will reduce global HIV infections significantly

Lawyer Herald
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A groundbreaking paper presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday morning has concluded that HIV infections all over the world could be reduced should governments decide to decriminalize sex work. The study which was conducted by researchers on female sex workers in Canada, India and Kenya deemed that HIV infections could be reduced by 33% to 46% in the countries of the study's subjects.

Associate professor of medicine Kate Shannon at the University of British Columbia, who is the lead author of the study, said in the report, "Across all settings, decriminalization of sex work could have the largest impact on the HIV epidemic among sex workers over just 10 years. Governments and policymakers can no longer ignore the evidence."