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Sex work and condom use in Soweto, South Africa: a call for community-based interventions with clients

Despite public health interventions targeting sex workers in an attempt to increase condom use, HIV still remains a significant health issue for those involved in the sex industry in many countries. In this paper, we analyse data collected as part of an ethnographic study of sex work in Soweto, South Africa.
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The global response and unmet actions for HIV and sex workers

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Kate Shannon, Anna-Louise Crago, Stefan D Baral, Linda-Gail Bekker, Deanna Kerrigan, Michele R Decker, Tonia Poteat, Andrea L Wirtz, Brian Weir, Marie-Claude Boily, Jenny Butler, Steffanie A Strathdee, Chris Beyrer

Female, male, and transgender sex workers continue to have disproportionately high burdens of HIV infection in low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries in 2018. 4 years since our Lancet Series on HIV and sex work, our updated analysis of the global HIV burden among female sex workers shows that HIV prevalence is unacceptably high at 10·4% (95% CI 9·5–11·5) and is largely unchanged. Comprehensive epidemiological data on HIV and antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage are scarce, particularly among transgender women.

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Programmatic mapping to determine the size and dynamics of sex work and injecting drug use in Mauritius

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Amita Pathack, Ahmed Saumtally, Sarah Soobhany, Carly A Comins, Said A H Kinoo & Faran Emmanuel

HIV in Mauritius is in a concentrated phase. Most HIV infection is among key populations (KPs) including female sex workers (FSW), people who inject drugs (PWID), men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender sex workers (TGSW). The objective of this research was to use geographical mapping to determine the precise locations, typologies and population estimates of each KP in Mauritius. From May to July 2014 a programmatic mapping approach determined national estimates and information on the specific locations, “hotspots”, frequented by KPs in Mauritius.

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Prevalence of HIV and Associated Risks of Sex Work among Youth in the Slums of Kampala

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Monica H. Swahn, Rachel Culbreth, Laura F. Salazar, Rogers Kasirye and Janet Seeley

The purpose of this study is to examine the prevalence of and risk factors for engaging in sex work among youth living in Kampala, Uganda. Analyses are based on a cross-sectional study (N = 1,134) of youth aged 12-18 years, living in the slums of Kampala, conducted in Spring of 2014. The analytic sample consisted of only sexually active youth (n = 590). Youth who reported engaging in sex work were compared to youth who did not report sex work. Multivariable analyses were conducted to examine factors associated with sex work.

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Health of female sex workers and their children: a call for action

Two very critical health and human rights issues related to sex work have been neglected globally: maternal morbidity and mortality among female sex workers and the health and wellbeing of their children. It is time to recognise the need for, and right to, maternal and child health services for female sex workers and their children.

Author
Brian Willis, Katherine Welch and Saki Onda
Source
The Lancet

Sex workers essential to meeting new HIV targets

South Africa has committed itself to reaching the world’s latest batch of ambitious targets, but it will not meet them without sex workers, writes Ntokozo Yingwana.

As many as 20 percent of new HIV infections in South Africa may be linked to sex work, according to Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla.

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Ntokozo Yingwana
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Health-e

Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT): Material Developer (South Africa)

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The Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) is a dynamic non-governmental organisation that addresses the health and human rights of sex workers. 

SWEAT seeks to appoint a Material Developer, based in South Africa. 

The selected candidate will assist with the creation of a training manual for site coordinators on the national sex work programme.

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Lesotho: Lives on the line: sex work in sub-Saharan Africa

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Adele Baleta

Sex workers in sub-Saharan Africa face physical abuse and a high burden of disease because of criminalisation, stigmatisation, and poverty. Adele Baleta reports on the sitation in Lesotho.

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Video: “I deserve respect for my work as a sex worker”

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Adella Mbabazi

Christine Namutebi, 21, lost her parents at the age of five, and was not able to stay in school. At the age of 18, she moved to Kampala, Uganda and started selling sex.

She is now a peer educator and supports other young women like her, who work on the street. Watch Christine’s story and find out how she learned to negotiate for safer sex through the support of the Uganda Link Up project.

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