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Policy of Mandatory HIV Testing of Sex Workers Repealed in Greece

According to a report at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on the 2nd of April, repealed the health regulation used to justify roundups and forced HIV testing of people alleged to be sex workers.

Published
15 April 2015
From
Global Network of Sex Work Projects
Ten Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work

This document provides ten reasons why decriminalizing sex work is the best policy for promoting health and human rights of sex workers, their families, and communities. Removing criminal prosecution of sex work goes hand-in-hand with recognizing sex work as work and protecting the rights of sex workers through workplace health and safety standards. Decriminalizing sex work means sex workers are more likely to live without stigma, social exclusion, and fear of violence.

Published
14 April 2015
From
Open Society Foundation
HIV stigma drives sex work in Northern Kenya

When Zeinab left her home village in Northern Kenya to look for a job, she had one thing in mind; work hard to help her struggling family. But her plans were destroyed by something that would keep her from home for the rest of her life.

Published
27 February 2015
From
Key Correspondents
South African HIV Program on Rights of Sex Workers

“The introduction of a national HIV programme for sex workers finally plugs a gaping hole in our country’s response to the epidemic,” said Dr. Fareed Abdullah, CEO of the South African National AIDS Council. “General HIV services simply do not meet the special needs of sex workers.”

Published
13 January 2015
From
Global Fund press release
Want to change the course of HIV epidemics? Decriminalizing sex work could have greatest impact, researchers say

Infections could be averted through combined impacts on violence, police harrassment, workplace dangers, as well as improved condom access, peer outreach, modelling indicates.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Science Speaks
Who’s to blame for misuse of HIV drugs in Kenya?

Reports of sex workers misusing HIV drugs have left activists wondering if the government invested enough in HIV education before purchasing medicine, worth 4 billion Kenyan shilling. Many sex workers say clients prefer to have unprotected sex and will pay more money for it. This being a business, the women often choose to have unprotected sex, then rush to a public hospital for post-exposure prophylaxis medication, claiming they have been raped or had a burst condom. Some sex workers have also expressed uncertainties about the sustainability of the project, so they go to different hospitals and stockpile the medication, just in case it is no longer available in public hospitals.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

In the past year Uganda has passed four laws which defy public health principles and show blatant disregard for dignity and human rights. These laws target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health services and support: people who sell sex to make ends meet for their families; LGBTI people living in fear of community violence; people hiding their HIV medication from their own families; and people struggling to manage drug dependence and other illnesses. Perhaps most harmful of all, parts of Ugandan society are interpreting these laws to justify violence and exclusion.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Open Society Foundation
Blinded by Fear: How Politics Influenced Medical Policy in Greece

There is no one particular reason for Greece’s stringent policies on HIV. Rather, the combination of political power plays, economic instability, and societal fear planted the seeds for criminalization of the disease.

Published
10 December 2014
From
The Politic
Tenth of British men 'pay for sex'

More than one in 10 men have paid for sex, according to a major study of British sexual habits.

Published
18 November 2014
From
BBC Health
Drugs and tourism combine to raise HIV risk in Caribbean

A study in a sex tourism resort in the Dominican Republic suggests three themes: (1) local demand shifts drug routes to tourism areas, (2) drugs shape local economies, and (3) drug use facilitates HIV risk behaviors in tourism areas.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Futurity: Research News
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