Posts tagged ‘HIV prevention’
This month, AIDSLEX will host an “Ask the Expert” session on sex work with our very own Cheryl Overs and Valerie Scott (pictured). They will respond to user questions on the human rights of sex workers and on how laws can support efforts to respond to the HIV epidemic, including providing HIV prevention and health care services to sex workers. Users are also invited to pose questions concerning an Ontario court ruling in September 2010 in which sections of Canada’s Criminal Code related to sex work were deemed unconstitutional.
To submit a question, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 15 November.
Cheryl Overs is a noted advocate for the rights of sex workers and has written widely on the subject. Valerie Scott is Executive Director of Sex Professionals of Canada (http://www.spoc.ca/), which campaigns for the rights of sex workers. She was one of the applicants in the Ontario Superior Court case. More information on that ruling can be found at http://aidslaw.ca/publications/interfaces/downloadDocumentFile.php?ref=1096.
Text taken directly from Avahan…
Avahan, the India AIDS Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was begun in 2003 with the National AIDS Control Program and other donors to curtail the spread of HIV in India. In the first five years, Avahan designed and operated its programs in six states in India (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Nagaland and Manipur), which have a combined population of 300 million people. At the end of the first five years Avahan provided prevention services to nearly 220,000 female sex workers, 80,000 high-risk men who have sex with men and transgenders, and 18,000 injecting drug users, together with 5 million men at risk.
Emerging evaluation results from this large scale HIV prevention program have just been published in a special peer-reviewed supplement of Sexually Transmitted Infections that can be accessed at http://sti.bmj.com/content/86/Suppl_1. In the papers you will find details and measurement issues related to rate of scale up, costs, quality measures, multiple approaches to condom use, and modeled estimates of infections averted. All twelve papers and the six accompanying editorials are open access. (more…)
Reacting to a peripheries post on microbicides, Cheryl Overs commented “These [definition of microbicides] are a hint of the skewed propaganda about microbicides and an insight into the absence of consideration of how they will affect the millions of sex workers worldwide. Sex workers will lose any hope of using a 99% effective product against STIs, HIV and unwanted pregnancies, condoms” adding that, “The idea that sex workers will buy and use a combination of different products for different orifices/sex acts is absurd. Especially when one of those products will still have to be a condom.” Cheryl is summing up various concerns expressed in the “Sex work and the new era of HIV prevention and care” report she produced for the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW).