Violence and structural HIV risk to sex workers - Michele Decker

Sex workers are a key risk population for HIV. International recognition of the structural drivers of their risk, including gender-based violence (GBV), is mounting. Watch this webinar to:

  1. learn more about the prevalence and health impact of violence among sex workers
  2. understand the unique ways in which violence, its health impact, and access to justice are experienced in this population
  3. discuss ways to incorporate prevention and support within HIV programming – even where sex work is criminalised

Dr Michele Decker is an Associate Professor of Population, Family & Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she directs the Women’s Health & Rights Program of the Center for Public Health & Human Rights. Her research areas include GBV and other structural determinants of HIV risk, and sexual and reproductive health among adolescent and young adult women. She is currently evaluating a brief, trauma-informed, violence support intervention for street-based sex workers that was developed through a community-based participatory process. 

Download the pdf of the presentation here.

Note of clarification

As discussed in this article, US courts in 2013 and 2015 ruled that the US government can no longer require that its US-based grantees (including their overseas affiliates) have a policy opposing sex work. However, this condition can still be placed on grantees that are not US-based, according to the Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Policy Requirement of the Leadership Act. A separate provision of the Leadership Act, Use of Funds, prohibits using US government funds to advocate for the legalisation of sex work. This provision is still in force.

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