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  • HIV rates rise among Middle East sex workers and clients

    Poor access to HIV services for Middle East female sex workers is contributing to the spread of infection.

    02 July 2019 | Nature Middle East
  • Young sex workers and gay men in Cameroon – at-risk, but with no services

    New study highlights unmet HIV prevention and treatment needs of young key affected populations in Cameroon.

    01 July 2019 | Avert
  • “Be the change”: creating a voice for male sex workers in Malawi

    “If I want to see the change, I need to be the change,” said Aniz Mitha, the Executive Director of Community Health Rights Advocacy (CHeRA), an organization that works with male sex workers in Malawi. When Mr Mitha speaks of change, he does so with the quiet and unwavering authority of someone who knows what he is talking about.

    27 May 2019 | UNAIDS
  • The sex workers on the frontlines of the HIV response

    An MSF programme in four districts in southern Malawi is helping thousands of women who earn their living from sex work to overcome barriers to health services, in part by training and employing sex workers as health workers in their communities.

    07 May 2019 | Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Innovative HIV prevention projects reached 170,000 people in 2018

    Projects working towards preventing HIV across England, which were funded by the Public Health England (PHE) HIV Innovation Fund, reached around 170,000 people at-risk of, or living with HIV - as well as the general public in 2017 to 2018.

    28 February 2019 | Public Health England
  • The untold story of how India's sex workers prevented an Aids epidemic

    Ashok Alexander spent a decade at the helm of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s campaign against HIV. In his book, A Stranger Truth: Lessons in Love, Leadership and Courage from India’s Sex Workers, he says the miracle would never have happened without the cooperation of sex workers.

    17 December 2018 | The Guardian
  • 'Repressive Policing' Ups HIV, STI Risk in Sex Workers

    Policies that criminalize sex work were linked to higher odds of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV infection, unsafe sex practices for sex workers, and sexual violence from their clients or partners, a pooled meta-analysis found.

    12 December 2018 | MedPage Today
  • Malawi: Sex workers demand access to PrEP

    Ministry of Health officials in Malawi announced that the government is yet to rollout guidelines on PrEP. But Health Rights advocates have expressed worry over the delay in adopting new HIV prevention technologies like these.

    22 October 2018 | Key Correspondents
  • Studies raise concerns about policies seeking to “end demand” for sex work

    Research suggests that “end demand” laws are reducing demand for HIV services, according to panellists sharing the effectiveness of “end demand” policies at a press conference that featured scientific abstracts and input from advocates.

    27 July 2018 | International AIDS Society
  • This Is What Happens To Men Forced To Offer Sex To Avoid Sleeping On The Street

    In the second part of BuzzFeed News' gay sex-for-rent investigation, men speak out about the extreme violence and danger they face, as charities describe the shocking scale of the problem. “There’s never a time when I don’t think ‘This could be it,’” said one man. "'I could lose my life.’”

    06 May 2018 | Buzzfeed
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