Global Working Group on HIV and Sex Work Policy Letter to Peter Piot September 2007

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Ruth Morgan Thomas, Meena Saraswathi Seshu

This letter was sent to Peter Piot to raise concerns about the language and focus of the 2007 UNAIDS Guidance Note: HIV and Sex Work. In particular, it raises concerns about the emphasis on reducing commercial sex rather than HIV, and:

  • Conflation of human trafficking with sex work
  • Entrenchment of police and law enforcement in HIV prevention programming with sex workers
  • A lack of focus on measures to protect HIV positive sex workers from stigma and discrimination and ensure their access to treatment and care.
  • The invisibility of male and transgender sex workers and the lack of guidance in programming for them.

You can download this 2 page PDF resource above. This resource is in English.