World Bank study shows cost effectiveness of targeted HIV prevention

Aziz Haniffa
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Rediff News

At a time when funding for HIV prevention programmes for sex workers is increasingly under pressure and at risk, a recently published evaluation found a significant decline in HIV prevalence among female sex workers and young women (15-24 years) seeking antenatal care in the high-prevalence southern states in India .

The study, "Impact of Targeted Interventions on Heterosexual Transmission of HIV in India," which was published in the medical journal BMC Public Health, evaluated the impact of targeted interventions among female sex workers in four high-prevalence southern states: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.  

Another study, "Cost Effectiveness of Targeted HIV Prevention Interventions for Female Sex Workers in India," which was published in Sexually Transmitted Infections, shows the cost-effectiveness of these targeted HIV-prevention interventions for female sex workers and estimates that 3 million HIV infections are being averted by this strategic approach during the period 1995-2015.

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