Community mobilisation and empowerment of female sex workers is significantly associated with reduced HIV/STI risk in Karnataka state, south India


What is the impact of community mobilisation as a central component of targeted HIV prevention programmes in India?

Research implemented by KHPT and presented in a poster by Tara Beattie, demonstrates how community mobilisation activities built the capacity of female sex workers to manage their vulnerability to HIV. Results showed:

  • Increased levels of collective and individual power,
  • Increased knowledge and uptake of HIV and STI services,
  • Increased condom use with clients and regular partners.

This presentation was part of research presented at AIDS 2012 by STRIVE's host group, Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME), LSHTM.

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