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  • 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
  • Support Groups a Driver to PrEP Rollout in Kenya

    Kenya passed a major milestone in the fight against HIV on May 4, 2017 when it launched a nation-wide initiative to bring oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), antiretroviral drugs for preventing HIV, to the people who need it. A team made up of LVCT Health staff and AVAC staff recently visited the implementing sites to gather stories and collect lessons learnt as part of the OPTIONS project. We interviewed providers, adherence counselors and people using PrEP who shared their journeys of PrEP uptake and adherence.

    28 June 2017 | AVAC
  • 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.

    15 June 2017 | 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.

    14 June 2017 | 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.

    01 June 2017 | 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.

    30 May 2017 | Health-e
  • 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.

    08 December 2016 | 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.

    21 November 2016 | Devex
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