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This research is the first large scale quantitative research on sex workers in Fiji. It has enabled an understanding of the nature and extent of sex work in Fiji, rates of HIV and STI infection among sex workers and their knowledge and behaviour around safer sex practices. This research will compliment valuable insights gained from previous qualitative research. The findings from this research will assist in the appropriate targeting and provision of education, resources and health care services to a group previously defined by UNAIDS as a most-at-risk population.

This resource has been developed both for researchers and community-based organisations in rights-constrained environments. It is intended to help both researchers and community organisations to:

A workshop was recently held in Geneva that brought together leading experts in health and human rights, technical partners, representatives of networks of key populations and people living with HIV, donors, grant recipients, civil society organizations, scholars and Global Fund board members and staff.

Key populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender populations and people who inject drugs continue to bear a disproportionate brunt of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. They face many barriers including criminalisation. They also experience barriers to HIV treatment, often a result of fears that they will experience discrimination if they seek services in mainstream health settings. This is why sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender populations and people who inject drugs are often described as ‘hard to reach’ populations.

The decriminalisation of sex work could avert HIV infections by 33- 46% in the next decade, according to a new study published in The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal.”

July 29, 2014 (Cape Town) –The Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement of South Africa welcome the imperative finding of the research series on HIV and Sex workers.

A series of behavioural-biological surveys in 2008 and 2011 in four districts of Karnataka found that mobilising female sex workers is central to effective HIV prevention programming. Defining community mobilisation exposure as low, medium or high, the study revealed female sex workers with high exposure to community mobilisation are:

This resource is a part of the Know it, Prove it, Change it: a Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groupsseries created specifically to help grassroots organisations in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their basic rights, document rights abuses, and design and implement advocacy campaigns. The series has three parts:

Know It: The Rights Frameworkdiscusses international human rights law and how it applies to people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalised communities;

This resource is a part of the Know it, Prove it, Change it: a Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groupsseries created specifically to help grassroots organisations in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their basic rights, document rights abuses, and design and implement advocacy campaigns. The series has three parts:

Know It: The Rights Frameworkdiscusses international human rights law and how it applies to people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalised communities;

This resource is a part of the Know it, Prove it, Change it: a Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groupsseries created specifically to help grassroots organisations in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their basic rights, document rights abuses, and design and implement advocacy campaigns. The series has three parts:

Know It: The Rights Frameworkdiscusses international human rights law and how it applies to people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalised communities;