"Even as federal agencies and public health organizations have taken steps to address HIV in vulnerable populations, sex workers have been left out of the conversation," writes Anna Forbes.
Reading sensationalist news of an OSHA hearing on condoms and actor safety, Lee sees a longstanding "doubled stigma" that says HIV-positive sex workers are to blame for their own seroconversion.
"What concerns me most is that guidelines and policies and their one-size-fits-all application often ignore the realities of sex workers' lives," says Sally-Jean Shackleton of South Africa's Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce.
New U.S. HIV/AIDS Action Plan is More Strategic on Services but Overlooks Realities, Needs of Key Populations, Say Advocates
The Federal Action Plan hits the right notes on integrating HIV services and other vital issues, say advocates, but overlooks some groups and doesn't specify how to guarantee meaningful involvement of people with HIV.
"For this sector of society to be omitted entirely limits the scope of HIV conversations â€¦ and policies," write four sex worker advocates, regarding the silence in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy action plan about this vulnerable group.
Meet Annelies, a skilled nurse, heartfelt counselor and passionate advocate who is working hard to keep sex workers in Amsterdam healthy and safe.
"The zeal I have for sex workers is peaked because I am a sex worker," explains Narah. "We need PrEP as sex workers in our country because most of our members are dying just because they have no knowledge about PrEP."
Victoria Law says the effect of punitive HIV laws on women have often been left out of discussions about HIV criminalization (which often focus on men) and feminism (which often ignore women who are marginalized). But what about women like Tiffany Mo...
In the atmosphere of HIV criminalization, demanding that HIV testing clinics release private records is appalling, according to advocate Anna Forbes. It is also a warning, she says, that people living with HIV, like people working in the sex industry...
Ain't I a Woman? National HIV/AIDS Strategy Fails Sex Workers, Transgender Women Burdened by the Criminal Justice System
"As politically uncomfortable as it might be, U.S. health officials can no longer ignore the elephant in the room, or perhaps more accurately, the cell," write Megan McLemore of Human Rights Watch. "One of the risk factors for HIV that needs to be ad...