To mark International Sex Worker Day, we have formally launched the NSWP+ website.
NSWP+ was formed during the Sex Worker Freedom Festival in 2012, when a group of positive sex workers came together and demanded recognition that:
‘sex workers are not the problem, but part of the solution’
As a platform for all those committed to defending the rights of sex workers living with HIV, NSWP+ now also exists to share information and to communicate the demands and needs of sex workers living with HIV. These original demands are set out below. Sex workers will campaign alongside treatment activists and other key affected populations to defend the human rights of sex workers to appropriate HIV treatment, care, and support.
- HIV+ sex workers demand better and affordable HIV drugs
- As positive people, we demand the right to work as sex workers
- We demand the right to work in all sectors, including any sector of the sex industry
- We demand that the drug companies in the West stop trying to kill us through their attacks on developing countries’ rights to manufacture, export and import generic ARVs
- As HIV+ sex workers, we face multiple layers of stigma and discrimination. Despite 25 years of treatment activism, the exclusion of sex workers’ voices in this movement has meant that the stigma attached to being a sex worker has not been fought
- We demand not to be last in line for treatment or refused treatment because we are sex workers
- Treatment must be matched to the patient and not the patient matched to available drugs
- We demand more information about living positively and information on how to join in the campaign against Free Trade Agreements
- We demand access to Post Exposure Prophylaxis
AS HIV+ SEX WORKERS, WE DEMAND THE RIGHT TO LOOK FABULOUS!!!