Universal Access for Women and Girls: Accelerating Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support for Female Sex Workers and Wives of Migrant Men

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Accelerating Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support for Female Sex Workers and Wives of Migrant Men

In this research study with UNDP, ICRW-ARO use a gender lens to understand barriers to access. The two vulnerable populations - female sex workers and wives of migrant men - were studied in Pune, Maharashtra, and Ganjam, Orissa. 

Levels of awareness about HIV were were found to be high among sex workers. Many use condoms and get tested. But a structural barriers prevent them from accessing services. These include restricted mobility, violence, stigma and discrimination.

Among wives of migrants, awareness levels and testing rates were lower. Inequitable gener norms have impact on their access to information, health-seeking behaviour and experiences of stigma.

Published January 2012

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