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Malawi Sex Workers Forced To Take HIV Tests Seek Damages

Agence France-Presse: Malawi sex workers push for damages after forced HIV test “Fourteen sex workers arrested by police in Malawi and forced to take HIV tests launched a fresh bid to seek damages in court on Tuesday. The group was detained in 2009, hauled to a government hospital for HIV…

Stigma Remains Barrier To HIV Treatment For Sex Workers In Myanmar

IRIN: Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains In Myanmar, “[d]espite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services…” (1/14).

‘No Sex For Fish’ Group Aims To Prevent HIV In Kenyan Region

Two articles examine a campaign in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region that aims to prevent the spread of HIV by ending some women’s practice of trading sex for fish. IIP Digital: ‘No Sex for Fish’ Group Helps Fight Spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya “In Kenya, Peace Corps volunteers have been working…

Efforts Responding To Health Needs Of Female Sex Workers Must Be Comprehensive

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence initiative, Andrea Vazzano of Johns Hopkins University, and Tisha Wheeler and Diana Prieto of USAID’s Office of Global Health examine “the complex intersection of violence, reproductive health, and HIV faced by sex…

Ghana Launches Web-Based System For Reporting HIV-Related Discrimination

“On December 2 at World AIDS Day observations in Ghana, His Excellency Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur presided over the launch of a new web-based system for reporting HIV-related discrimination” that “will support people living with HIV and other key populations in upholding their rights and fighting discrimination,” Ron MacInnis,…

Compassion Necessary Component For Ending AIDS

In an Atlantic opinion piece, singer and songwriter Sir Elton John writes about his experiences with HIV/AIDS and recounts the work of several organizations, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I’ve seen the difference these heroes are making. … I’ve seen with my own eyes what’s possible when compassion is…

IRIN Examines Efforts To Improve HIV Prevention, Treatment Access For Key Groups

“Around the world, the most marginalized groups in society — from Roma to HIV-positive people to sex workers to drug users — are reluctant to access basic health services because they fear arrest, intimidation and harassment,” IRIN reports. “While donors and governments spend vast amounts to put these critical services…

Kenyan Sex Workers Using PEP To Lower Risk Of HIV Infection, BBC Reports

BBC News Magazine reports on how sex workers in Kenya are using post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) antiretroviral therapy to lower their risk of HIV infection, instead of using condoms, which they say are too expensive. “There are no definitive figures to show how well PEP works. It’s far better, experts say,…

PBS NewsHour Examines HIV Epidemic Among ‘Key Populations’

PBS NewsHour examines a rebound in HIV infection among sex workers and other marginalized “key populations” — including “injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, inmates and other groups in which HIV rates have moved against the global trend.” The news service writes, “[E]xperts with organizations as diverse…