Decriminalization Of Sex Work Could Sharply Decrease HIV Infections: Study


The decriminalization of sex work could significantly decrease global HIV infections among female sex workers, leading to a reduction of at least a third in three countries examined by researchers, says a new study reported by the Washington Post. In a paper presented today at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, researchers who studied HIV among female sex workers in Canada, India and Kenya concluded that infections could be reduced by 33 to 46 percent in those countries.

“Across all settings, decriminalization of sex work could have the largest impact on the HIV epidemic among sex workers over just 10 years,” said Kate Shannon, an associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, the study’s lead author. “Governments and policymakers can no longer ignore the evidence.”

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