Documenting the Experiences of Sex Workers

David Lowe Consulting
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To prevent HIV transmission via commercial sex, a number of countries in the Asia and Near East (ANE) region have adopted “100% Condom Use Programmes” (100% CUPs). These programmes mandate consistent condom use during all commercial sex acts and outline sanctions against brothel management for failure to comply. While adoption of this programme demonstrates strong political commitment to address HIV and recognises the need to use a public health approach when targeting the sex industry, little is known about the implementation of these programmes from the perspective of the sex workers themselves. This report documents the experiences of sex workers in Cambodia’s 100% CUP and explores how the programme contributes to or hinders the delivery of effective interventions to prevent transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Using this analysis, the report makes recommendations on how HIV/STI interventions can be enhanced.

This document includes:
~HIV and AIDS in the sex industry
~Cambodia's 100% condom use programme
~Sex worker's perceptions of the programme
~Analysis and recommendations