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Trans Sex Worker Faces Human Rights Violations in Western Australia

CJ Palmer, a trans woman and sex worker living with HIV, was recently arrested in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). Coverage of this case in the media has been stigmatising, with many reports including her birth name, working name and photographs.

State police services from Western Australia and New South Whales arrested CJ in NSW. She was then sent to Western Australia (WA) to face charges of “grievous bodily harm” in relation to allegations of HIV transmission.

INPUD Releases Community Consultation on PrEP

On the 18th of March 2016, the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) published a report entitled “PrEP for People Who Inject Drugs: Community Voices on Pros, Cons, and Concerns”.

The report is based on three regional consultations and a series of one on one interviews with people who use drugs and other activists. Approximately 75 people from 33 different countries participated in the process.

KESWA and Winnipeg Working Group Participate in ‘Love Positive Women’ Campaign

Sex workers and members of the LGBTQ community in Winnipeg, Canada held three Valentine’s card-making events in February 2016. The events in Winnipeg were organised by members of the Winnipeg Working Group, Genderfest Winnipeg, and the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW).

Community Guide: HIV and STI Testing and Treatment Policies

This is a Community Guide to the HIV and STI Testing and Treatment Policies briefing paper. It focuses on sex workers' experiences of HIV and STI testing and treatment programmes around the world. 

UNAIDS Strategy 2016 - 2021

This resource outlines the targets, goals, vision and strategies of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). It recommends decriminalisation of sex work as part of an effective HIV response: "The decriminalization of sex work could prevent people from acquiring HIV through combined effects on violence, police harassment, safer work environments and HIV transmission pathways."

Participate in the International AIDS Conference 2016

The International AIDS Conference 2016 (IAC) is calling for research abstracts and workshop proposals. It also welcomes activity proposals for the Global Village & Youth programme, a space centered around networking within and between communities. The IAC will take place on 18-22 July in Durban, South Africa.

The IAC is an important space for sharing knowledge and for advocacy for persons living with HIV. The previous edition of the conference, held in 2014, drew criticism from both the sex worker and drug user movements regarding the lack of meaningful representation and participation in the conference of communities who are highly stigmatised, marginalised and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Training Manual on Sex Work, HIV and Human Rights

This training manual by the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) is specifically designed for sex workers and sex worker-led organisations who want to engage in advocacy and activism on issues related to sex work, HIV and human rights. It can also be used by service providers and allies who want to support meaningful participation and the leadership of sex workers in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV programming.

HIV and STI Testing and Treatment Policies

This briefing paper explores sex workers' experiences of HIV and STI testing and treatment programmes from a global perspective. Sex workers are rarely included in the development and implementation of programming. Programming that does exist often violates the rights of sex workers. Through case studies and interviews, this briefing paper demonstrates there is a need for greater investment in appropriate, high-quality, rights-based services, and research led by sex workers in order to meet the specific needs of this population.

Community Guide: Stigma and Discrimination Experienced by Sex Workers Living with HIV

This is a Community Guide to the Stigma and Discrimination Experienced by Sex Workers Living with HIV briefing paper. It looks at the different types of stigma and discrimination experienced by sex workers living with HIV globally. This community guide provides recommendations for policies and practices which respect their  human rights. It uses case studies that highlight the experiences of sex  workers living with HIV and the efforts required to meet their needs, and advocate for their rights.