This booklet outlines what sex workers around the world want, and explains why successful HIV interventions are ones that reduce the impact of adverse laws, policies, stigma, violence, and discrimination.
The role of sex workers in HIV epidemics is hotly debated. While HIV prevalence is high amongst sex workers in some areas, in others it is relatively low. However, sex workers face unfavourable laws, stigma, violence, and discrimination to varying degrees all over the world. The consequences of this discrimination is vulnerability to ill health, social exclusion and human rights violations.