Chairs of the World Health Organization
Topic: Tackling the issue of prostitution-related HIV infections and AIDS cases
The term "people who exchange sexual services for money or non-monetary goods" includes many people who exchange sexual services for income or other items, including food, medicine, and drugs. Sex exchangers are at greater risk of contracting or transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because they are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviours (e.g., sex without protection, sex with multiple partners) and drug use. The illegal - and often criminalized - nature of sexual exchanges makes it difficult to collect population-level data on HIV risk in that population. This lack of data creates significant barriers to the development of targeted HIV prevention efforts. Many people face stigma, poverty and lack of access to social services. In the WHO committee, we will debate on effective solutions to tackle prostitution-related HIV infections and AIDS cases.
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Anna Charuk and Oliwia Kuźniewicz