Around the world, sex worker-led organisations are succeeding, some against great odds, in delivering HIV programming which takes into account the complexities of sex work and recognises the essential need for direct consultation with, and the active involvement of, the intended beneficiaries of services. Their pragmatic approach is typically characterised by a nonjudgemental attitude, an intersectional analysis of oppression, and a firm commitment to the demand, "nothing about us without us." In taking this approach, they have gained the trust of the sex workers they serve and have seen genuine improvements in their holistic health, including decreased rates of HIV and other STIs and access to appropriate treatment for HIV-positive sex workers. Some of the organisations profiled in this NSWP global report on sex worker-led HIV programming have made significant headway in making local health care and social service providers, along with law enforcement officers, aware of the sometimes complex issues affecting sex workers, resulting in more effective and welcoming services. Despite these successes, the organisations themselves often operate on a shoestring budget and in an unfavourable political climate which sees widespread stigma and hostility towards sex workers and other marginalised groups.
Good Practice in Sex Worker-led HIV Programming: Global Report
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Key population: Sex Workers