Evidence suggests that HIV interventions in the sex industry are more effective when sex workers themselves have direct ownership in designing, implementing and monitoring of programmes. This entails moving beyond standard HIV prevention programmes and addressing the overall health - including sexual and reproductive health - and well being needs of sex workers and their clients while, at the same time, respecting fundamental human rights. Sex workers must be recognised as agents of change rather than as 'vectors' of infection and this requires a paradigm shift in the way sex workers are viewed and engaged in the response.
This paper outlines priority issues that need to be addressed, including:
- Core commitment to rights as a principle of SRHR programming
- Attitudes as barriers to sex workers' access to SRHR
- Sexual and reproductive health services to address the needs of sex workers
- Condom Access Programming
The paper also identifies the immediate and long terms actions required.
This paper is one in a series of 4 thematic discussion papers developed in preparation for the 1st Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, 12-15 October 2010, in Pattaya, Thailand.
This resource is in English. You can download this 5 page .pdf file above.