Category Archives: sex work

  1. Laws fail to protect HIV patients, says advocate

    Via The Fiji Times, by Frederica Elbourne. PACIFIC political leaders have remained silent over the protection of the rights of people vulnerable to and affected with HIV, an organisation that champions AIDS awareness said. The Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation said laws governing those infected with the virus failed to protect their privacy. The existing legal frameworks condemned Read More >>

    anal sex, Asia Pacific, HIV, HIV/AIDS policy, MSM, PIAF, sex work, women
  2. IAC 2012: No Progress on Visas for Drug Users or Sex Workers

    Via Housing Works. One year from the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., prospects are looking dim for sex workers and drug users who want to attend. The International AIDS Society has announced that it will release a document in August that details the U.S. visa process for IAC 2012. That document will describe entry restrictions for Read More >>

    HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, IAC, injection drug use, sex work, USA, Washington D.C.
  3. New Light Shed on Male Sex Work

    Via PlusNews. Commercial sex work, dominated by a focus on women, could be redefined as new research launched today in Nairobi, Kenya, sheds light on the complicated HIV prevention needs of what may be Africa’s most deeply underground group at high risk of HIV – male sex workers. The report co-authored by the United Nations Development Programme Read More >>

    anal sex, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, MSM, Namibia, prevention, sex work, South Africa, SWEAT, Uganda, UNDP, Zimbabwe
  4. AIDS Summit at the UN: Not Enough Talk About Sex

    Via the Huffington Post, by Evelyn Leopold. World leaders gathered at the United Nations to mark the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and put out a 102-paragraph declaration. Adrienne Germain, the president of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), has been working on women’s issues all her adult life and was active in the 1994 Cairo Read More >>

    ARV, ARVs, family planning, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, MSM, sex work, United Nations
  5. What’s preventing prevention?

    How national AIDS responses are failing in prevention efforts for key populations – an analysis of available data via International HIV/AIDS Alliance Several decades after the start of the global AIDS pandemic, data confirms that most low- and middle-income countries still do not adequately focus their HIV prevention efforts on the key populations of sex workers, men Read More >>

    HIV/AIDS policy, injection drug use, MSM, prevention, sex work, transgendered
  6. Acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis as an HIV prevention strategy: barriers and facilitators to pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake among at-risk Peruvian populations

    IRMA Steering Committee member Jerome T. Galea is lead author of this fascinating paper. Here he provides an overview of the study. Click here to access the full paper. “The study examined pre-exposure prophylaxis acceptability (PrEP) among female sex workers, male-to-female transgendered persons and men who have sex with men in Lima, Peru.  Focus groups explored social Read More >>

    iPrEx, MSM, Peru, PrEP, sex work, South America, transgendered
  7. VIDEO: Melvin and his sister: A gay Kenyan’s struggle to survive

    via As discrimination against homosexuals in Africa reaches a new murderous peak, Guardian Films travels to Mombasa, Kenya, to hear from a male prostitute who risks his life to support his younger sister. [If an item is not written by an IRMA member, it should not be construed that IRMA has taken a position on the Read More >>

    condoms, gay men, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, MSM, sex work
  8. Kenya: How discrimination is a barrier to good health

    via Complex issues, such as health and poverty, are often best illustrated by following individuals and showing how the issues affect their lives. That is why the Guardian is producing a series of films about some of the global issues that feature in Christian Aid’s manifesto for change, Poverty Over. The first film – on sexuality-based discrimination, human rights and Read More >>

    Africa, gay men, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, human rights, Kenya, MSM, sex work, stigma
  9. New Report: World’s Premier AIDS Event Neglects Populations Most at Risk for HIV

     via Global Forum on MSM and HIV Independent assessment indicates severe underrepresentation of gay men, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs at the biennial International AIDS ConferenceA new report indicates that the International AIDS Conference (IAC), a biennial event convened by the International AIDS Society (IAS) that has become the world’s premier gathering for Read More >>

    gay men, Global Forum on MSM and HIV, homophobia, IAC, injection drug use, MSM, sex work, transgendered
  10. Sex Work, Criminalization, and HIV: Lessons from Advocacy History

    via San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s BETA,  by Anna Forbes Sex workers are frequently omitted from discussions about the links between criminalization, marginaliza­tion, and increased HIV transmission. We talk a lot about the effects of this dynamic on men who have sex with men, injection drug users, and peo­ple living with HIV—as we certainly should—but not about sex Read More >>

    criminalization, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, PEPFAR, sex work, sexual behavior, stigma