Burden of HIV among female sex workers in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Stefan Baral, Chris Beyrer, Kathryn Muessig, Tonia Poteat, Andrea L Wirtz, Michele R Decker, Susan G Sherman, Deanna Kerrigan The Lancet, 2012; Vol. 12, No. 7 Download publication

Review of HIV risk amongst FSW compared with that of other women of reproductive age.

The research found that although data characterising HIV risk among female sex workers is scarce, the burden of disease is disproportionately high. The paper argues for further consideration of the legal and policy environments in which sex workers operate. It also advocates actions to address the role of stigma, discrimination, and violence in shaping sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV

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