Sex workers often face many barriers in accessing HIV prevention programmes

Sex workers often face many barriers in accessing HIV prevention programmes

Barriers in accessing HIV prevention programmes by Sex workers

Sex workers are 13 times more at risk of HIV compared with the general population, due to an increased likelihood of being economically vulnerable, unable to negotiate consistent condom use, and experiencing violence, criminalisation and marginalisation.

Where HIV prevention programmes are available they are generally well received, however sex workers often face many barriers in accessing them.

HIV prevention services that are sex-worker led and community based are proven to be most effective when they address the legal and social barriers that affect sex workers.

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