The Report of the UNAIDS Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Work
This report has been withdrawn, following agreement with UNAIDS in February 2012 to revisions in the document. It will be made available again once the revisions have been done and the final document is uploaded onto the UNAIDS website.
This resource was officially launched this week at the UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva, during the 29th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board.
Intended to accompany the UNAIDS Guidance Note on HIV and Sex Work (2009), this important resource was developed by the UNAIDS Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Work. This Advisory Group was constituted in 2009 by the Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé, to provide advice and guidance to UNAIDS on matters related to HIV and sex work. The group includes representatives of UNAIDS Co-Sponsors and the Secretariat, representatives of organisations affiliated with the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, and independent experts from academia and civil society organisations.
The report makes a number of recommendations for action which will help shape programmes and policies on HIV and sex work that are human rights-based, in the following areas:
- The legal and policy environment and the rights of sex workers
This section outlines the laws, law enforcement, policies and practices that impede effective HIV responses for sex workers, and the measures required to create enabling legal environments.
- Shifting the strategic focus from reduction of demand for sex work to reduction of demand for unprotected paid sex
This section outlines policy and programme approaches to reduce the HIV risk and vulnerability of sex workers and their clients through reducing the demand for unprotected paid sex.
- Differentiating sex work and trafficking
This section clearly articulates the difference between sex work and human trafficking, and considers the potential implication for sex workers’ HIV vulnerability.
- Economic empowerment
This section explores the components of economic empowerment as an essential part of the response to reduce sex workers’ HIV vulnerability.