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Sex Work, Violence and HIV: a Guide for Programmes with Sex Workers

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International HIV and AIDS Alliance, Frontiers Prevention Project.
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Brighton, International HIV and AIDS Alliance, 2008

In Part 1, we describe how and why violence can occur in the context of sex work, and why it is important for HIV/AIDS programmes to understand this. We challenge some of the assumptions related to violence and sex work. In Part 2, we give examples of ways in which HIV/AIDS projects have successfully addressed violence in the context of sex work. This guide is primarily for organisations implementing HIV/AIDS projects with sex workers and for organisations providing funding and technical support to these projects. It aims to help organisations understand and assess the importance of taking violence into account, and to help design and carry out activities to prevent and deal with violence against sex workers.