03/09/2010 at 06:11 1 comment

From my conference notebook – “At every AIDS Conference some idiot presents a case for safe rape”

I wrote this while I was listening to a presentation of a study on sex work that listed unprotected forced sex next to sex with clients and private partners. How offensive is that ?  In Durban at a session I was chairing  I curtailed the presentation of some overpaid opportunist promoting the potential of the female condom to make rape safer. Or at least using the rape of sex workers to promote myths about the big plastic bag. He was talking about a Bangladeshi sex worker dragged into bushes and raped by several men who managed to use a female condom, which he had the cheek to suggest none of the rapists noticed. Female controlled prevention HURRAY !!!

 In Cambodia I have repeatedly heard HIV agencies listing police using condoms when raping sex workers as an indicator of successful HIV prevention. Now I see a pointless study presented in Vienna  exploring why sex workers do not use condoms with their spouses/regular partners says that sex workers were helpless to use a condom when they were ‘forced into unexpected group sex.’ Forced into unexpected group sex ??? How dare anyone rename gang rape to make it ammenable to the public health/ harm reduction discourse. Unable to use a condom ??? Here’s what one sex worker said at that session in Durban

” When you are being raped you need a gun not a condom.” 




Entry filed under: gender and sexuality, human rights and law, sex work.

Tenofovir as a Microbicide Gel: Where are sex workers in the CAPRISA calculations ? Around the AIDS 2010 Sessions

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. NEELAM  |  27/11/2010 at 05:47


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Tweet! Tweet! What are we up to?

RSS New on the PLRI website

  • Working Misunderstandings:Donors, Brokers and Villagers in Africa’s AIDS Industry
    off Why do development projects, and AIDS projects in particular, take the forms they do? In this essay we argue that it is because the conflicting interests and world views of the key actors involved—donors, brokers, and villagers—leave only a narrow range of themes and practices that can “work” on the ground. Year of publication:  2014 Theme:  Economics an […]
  • Proposal to European Parliament recommending the Swedish Model
    feature Mary Honeyball, Labour's Spokesperson on the European Parliament's Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee, has been a vocal supporter of anti-sex work legislation and has written a report to the European Parliament recommending the Swedish Model, which criminalises the purchase of sex. In a blog leading up to the discussion Alex […]
  • Sex Work and Human Rights
    off A useful outline of sex workers rights including the right to health Year of publication:  2013 Theme:  Human Rights and Law Sex Workers And Human Rights.pdf Author:  Urban Justice Centre […]
  • Closing the bridge: Avahan's HIV prevention programs with clients of female sex workers in India.
    off This publication describes Avahan’s HIV prevention interventions with male clients of female sex workers, who are the primary bridge population in India. Year of publication:  2014 Theme:  Health and HIV closing-the-bridge.pdf Author:  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Relevant URL:  https://docs.gatesfoundation.org/documents/closing-the-bridge.pdf r […]
  • Vulnerability to HIV infection among female drug users in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: a cross-sectional study
    off Women who use drugs are extremely vulnerable to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but studies on risk behaviours and HIV infection among female drug users are limited in Nepal. Year of publication:  2014 Theme:  Health and HIV Author:  Bhagabati Ghimire Relevant URL:  http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/1238/abstract read more […]