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  • Malawi: Sex workers demand access to PrEP

    Ministry of Health officials in Malawi announced that the government is yet to rollout guidelines on PrEP. But Health Rights advocates have expressed worry over the delay in adopting new HIV prevention technologies like these.

    22 October 2018 | Key Correspondents
  • Studies raise concerns about policies seeking to “end demand” for sex work

    Research suggests that “end demand” laws are reducing demand for HIV services, according to panellists sharing the effectiveness of “end demand” policies at a press conference that featured scientific abstracts and input from advocates.

    27 July 2018 | International AIDS Society
  • This Is What Happens To Men Forced To Offer Sex To Avoid Sleeping On The Street

    In the second part of BuzzFeed News' gay sex-for-rent investigation, men speak out about the extreme violence and danger they face, as charities describe the shocking scale of the problem. “There’s never a time when I don’t think ‘This could be it,’” said one man. "'I could lose my life.’”

    06 May 2018 | Buzzfeed
  • Botswana: PrEP offers sex worker freedom of choice

    Bathabile Nyathi’s path to sex work began with a loss of power. Having lived through the worst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Nyathi was just a child when she lost her parents and many of her relatives to the scourge and by the time she was 13 years old, she had dropped out of school and was pregnant. With no qualifications to speak of, she felt she had no choice but to be a sex worker to support herself and her baby.

    05 May 2018 | The Midweek Sun
  • My PrEP story: Leander

    Leander decided to start using PrEP after scrutinising the research evidence. As a sex worker, he’s used to dealing with social stigma – and is happy to strike up conversations about using PrEP.

    04 April 2018 | Prepster
  • Supporting the rights of sex workers in Côte d’Ivoire

    Most of the women at Bléty, an organization in Côte d’Ivoire, are current or former sex workers who carry out peer outreach, ranging from HIV awareness-raising and education about HIV prevention to promoting sex workers’ rights and continuing education.

    01 March 2018 | UNAIDS
  • Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

    "The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

    09 October 2017 | MSMGF
  • Your secret guide to the business of sex

    Clients and sex workers can team up to make sex work safer – and it starts with learning the business of sex. The social justice organisation, Sonke Gender Justice, has published a guide with what you need to know. Here is an edited extract.

    19 September 2017 | Bhekisisa
  • IAS 2017 highlights innovative approaches to overcome stigma and discrimination against key populations

    Experts say global HIV response needs better strategies to meet the needs of sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and people who inject drugs.

    25 July 2017 | International AIDS Society
  • UK: Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

    Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures. Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12.

    23 July 2017 | BBC
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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