Global Working Group on HIV and Sex Work Policy Letter to Peter Piot September 2007

Ruth Morgan Thomas, Meena Saraswathi Seshu

This letter was sent to Peter Piot to raise concerns about the language and focus of the 2007 UNAIDS Guidance Note: HIV and Sex Work. In particular, it raises concerns about the emphasis on reducing commercial sex rather than HIV, and:

  • Conflation of human trafficking with sex work
  • Entrenchment of police and law enforcement in HIV prevention programming with sex workers
  • A lack of focus on measures to protect HIV positive sex workers from stigma and discrimination and ensure their access to treatment and care.
  • The invisibility of male and transgender sex workers and the lack of guidance in programming for them.

You can download this 2 page PDF resource above. This resource is in English.