ACTION AGAINST AIDS works with female and male sex workers. Also we target groups and partners of sex workers. Our outreach workers and counsellors also work with sex workers and their managers.
Sex workers use the services of our organisation. All users have the option of using psychologists, social workers and doctors. All users of our organisation may be associated with social work centres, employment offices, treatment clinics, shelters etc. Some of our users are our gatekeepers.
Sex workers are exposed to high stigma and discrimination and are therefore a hard to reach population. Also sex work in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not legal which is why sex workers are exposed to frequent arrests. The biggest challenge is lack of understanding of the local authority. Because of the stigma and discrimination often we do not want to come in contact with social services and thus reduce the possibility of receiving care.
Our organisation is involved in providing prevention programs and providing psycho-social support and care to vulnerable populations. Also we provide counselling services and HIV testing. We are constantly working on improving the knowledge and skills of our clients through training. The emphasis is on working with people living with HIV.