UNAIDS guidance note on HIV and sex work

UNAIDS Guidance Note, 2012; UNAIDS / 09.09E Download publication

A human-rights-based approach to promoting universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in the context of adult sex work.

This updated document supports policies and practices that tackle the link between HIV vulnerability and sex work. It provides information for both policy-makers and practitioners on the evidence and approaches advocated by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

The recommendations are based on:

  • Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for all sex workers and their clients;
  • Supportive environments and partnerships that facilitate universal access to needed services, including life choices and occupational alternatives to sex work for those who want to leave it;
  • Action to address structural issues related to HIV and sex work.

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