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Uganda fails to target gay men and sex workers in fast-track HIV initiative

Activists have criticised the Ugandan president for failing to cater for gay men in his new plan to end HIV by 2030. President Yoweri Museveni launched his ambitious initiative last week, but did not specifically mention gay people, sex workers and drug users – who bear a disproportionate share of the HIV burden.

Published
15 June 2017
From
The Guardian
A sex worker's view on South Africa's latest plans to beat HIV

An open letter from a sex worker argues that the good intentions of South Africa's plan to end HIV infections will be undermined by the fact that sex work remains a criminal offence in South Africa. This means that sex workers remain vulnerable. They don’t have the right to protect themselves – for example from police violence and intimidation – or get the health care they need because they’re stigmatised by health workers.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Times (South Africa)
South Africa: Has South Africa's New HIV Plan Been Captured?

The new strategy is the first in a decade that does not advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.

Published
01 June 2017
From
AllAfrica
South Africa: Sex workers to remain ‘criminals’?

Government has been advised not to decriminalise sex work in the very week that a special clinic for sex workers and drug users was opened in Cape Town.

Published
30 May 2017
From
Health-e
Use of psychedelic drugs may reduce the risk of suicide in female sex workers

Women sex workers who used psychedelic drugs such as LSD were less likely to think about or attempt suicide, while some other drugs increased the risk, according

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

Countries that have legalised some aspects of sex work have fewer sex workers living with HIV than countries that criminalise all aspects of sex work, according to

Published
07 February 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Sex work's new tools of the trade

The South African government announced in March that it would begin providing PrEP for free to as many as 5 000 sex workers at 10 sites to reduce new HIV infections.

Published
08 December 2016
From
Bhekisisa
Aid groups grapple with stigmatization in HIV prophylaxis roll-out

PrEP’s success in sub-Saharan Africa will hinge more on the social than the scientific. Researchers and advocates will have to strike a balance in how they market and roll out PrEP. They have to ensure that it reaches stigmatized populations with high HIV transmission rates, such as MSM and sex workers. Meanwhile, they must ensure it is not perceived as exclusively a treatment for marginalized groups, which will lower its appeal both within those communities but also to other people who could benefit from it.

Published
21 November 2016
From
Devex
HIVR4P 2016: Services for female sex workers show low cost impact

Presentations this morning highlighted efforts to reach female sex workers with data from studies in South Africa, Rwanda and Kenya that provided HIV self-testing, antiretroviral treatment, pre-exposure prophylactic use of antiretroviral drugs — PrEP — and other services.

Published
27 October 2016
From
Science Speaks
Edinburgh's blind-eye prostitution policy 'launched in the 1980s amid HIV fears'

A SO-CALLED blind-eye policy to prostitution in the Scottish capital was an official attempt to minimise the impact of HIV and Aids in the city. It has emerged the policy had been formalised and involved the then Lothian and Borders Police, Edinburgh. Saunas were allowed to operate as they were said to be providing workers with condoms and critical health advice.

Published
26 September 2016
From
Herald Scotland
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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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