Research-to-Action

Support sex workers to control HIV: Study

The Asian Age
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Control of the HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex workers, a study has revealed. According to the study published in the Lancet, people who sell sex have a 13.5 times greater chance of HIV infection than women in the general population. "In low- and middle-income countries, female sex workers face a disproportionate risk and burden of HIV," it said.

The study suggests that women, men, and transgender people who sell sex are subjected to repressive and discriminatory law, policy and practice, which in turn fuel human rights violations against them, including violence and discrimination, and all of these factors are preventing sex workers from accessing the services which they need in order to effectively prevent and treat HIV across the world.