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Decriminalising sex work the key to success of HIV programmes

"I AM a sex worker. I have blood running through my veins and human rights just like all South Africans." This is a cry of a sex worker who has faced discrimination after being denied medical assistance for a suspected sexually transmitted infection (STI) at a public clinic in Mpumalanga.

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11 hours ago
From
BDlive
A long road ahead to reduce HIV among South Africa's sex workers

More than half the female sex workers in South Africa’s three largest cities are HIV positive – but less than one-third are on antiretroviral treatment, according to a newly released study.

Published
05 April 2016
From
The Conversation AU
Hope's story: "Having TB and HIV is not easy but I am fighting hard"

Sitting in her small flat that she once shared with friends in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, Hope (27), a sex worker chronicles life from her first diagnosis with tuberculosis (TB) and later HIV. A journey, she says, that has never been easy.

Published
24 March 2016
From
AVERT
UNAIDS welcomes South Africa's groundbreaking National Sex Worker HIV Plan

UNAIDS welcomes the roll-out of South Africa’s National Sex Worker HIV Plan, 2016–2019. This unique plan will ensure equitable access to health and legal services for sex workers in South Africa.

Published
14 March 2016
From
UNAIDS (press release)
South Africa rolls out ‘test and treat’ to sex workers

South Africa has become one of the world’s first countries to begin rolling out PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) as well as ‘test and treat’ to sex workers as it launches Africa’s first plan to prevent and treat HIV among sex workers.

Published
14 March 2016
From
Health-e
Updated Southern African guidelines on the safe use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in persons at risk of acquiring HIV-1 infection

These guidelines advise that PrEP is a highly effective, safe, biomedical option for HIV prevention that can be incorporated with other combination prevention strategies in Southern Africa, given the high prevalence of HIV in the region. PrEP should be tailored to populations at highest risk of HIV acquisition.

Published
08 March 2016
From
Anova Health Institute
Examining the Implications of PrEP as HIV Prevention for Sex Workers

PrEP raises important challenges in the context of female sex work.

Published
01 February 2016
From
Institute of Development Studies
Have sex workers revealed a connection between semen exposure and HIV resistance?

In a new study, scientists at The Wistar Institute have found that continued semen exposure in these sex workers sustains changes in the cervical and vaginal microenvironment in a way that may actually increase HIV-1 resistance. This information may lead the way to better preventative strategies that block the transmission of the virus and improved designs for future HIV vaccine studies that can monitor the described changes when recruiting sex workers into vaccine trials.

Published
09 December 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030: Focus on location and population

To end AIDS as a public health threat, an accelerated and more focused response is needed using better data to map and reach people in the places where the most new HIV infections occur. To support countries with this approach, UNAIDS has released a new report, Focus on location and population: on the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030, which gives examples of more than 50 communities, cities and countries that are using innovative approaches to reach more people with comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment services.

Published
24 November 2015
From
UNAIDS
HIV-preventive medicine available from December in Kolkata's Sonagachi

One of Asia’s largest red light districts, Sonagachi, will next month roll out an experimental project for providing HIV-preventive medicine to sex workers in what will be the first such initiative in the country.

Published
10 November 2015
From
The Indian Express
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