NSWP

NSWP elects new President, Pye Jakobsson

We are pleased to announce that Pye Jakobsson has been elected as the new President of The Global Network of Sex Work Projects. The President of the NSWP board is elected by the sex worker-led organisations within the membership of NSWP. Pye succeeds the late Andrew Hunter, who sadly passed away on the 26th of December 2013. The elections however, were not a result of the sudden and untimely passing of Andrew as the election process started on the 1st of December 2013 given his elected term had come to an end.

World Health Organisation recommendations on Prevention & Treatment of HIV/STIs for Sex Workers in low and middle income countries

Year: 
2012

NSWP welcomes the launch today of the ‘Prevention and Treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for sex workers in low- and middle-income countries: Recommendations for a public health approach’. The guidance was developed jointly with WHO,UNFPA, UNAIDS and NSWP who conducted the qualitative survey of sex worker values and preferences relating to the interventions being considered.

The report is designed for use by national public health officials and managers of HIV/AIDS and STI programmes, NGOs and health workers, but will also be of interest to international funding agencies, health policy-makers and advocates. It  combines good practice recommendations derived from ethics and human rights principles, with technical evidence-based recommendations supported by scientific evidence AND the lived experiences of sex workers across the globe.

NSWP particularly welcomes the recommendations that governments should work towards the decriminalisation of sex work and elimination of the unjust application of non-criminal laws and regulations against sex workers which exacerbate sex workers vulnerability to HIV and STIs. In addition we welcome the recommendation that HIV prevention and treatment programmes need to include interventions to enhance community empowerment among sex workers that is sex worker-led and we particularly welcome the recommendation set out in the document that redefines the ethical use of periodic presumptive treatment (PPT) for sex workers.  It emphasises that PPT should only be used as an emergency short term measure under the strictest of conditions and while comprehensive sexual health services are being developed and that PPT must only be offered if its uptake is voluntary, not imposed as part of a coercive or mandatory public health regime.

Access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment care and support for sex workers

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Year: 
2009

This report presents an overview of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for sex workers, using case studies and literature to present best practices.

The sections include:

Summary

  • Definition and Scope of the Problem
  • Methods
  • Fact-finding and examples
  • General issues
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix: People consulted
  • Acknowledgements

You can download this 31 page PDF resource above. This resource is in English.