SWEATANA writes that a “Good practice guide” for sex workers is a fundamental tool in educating those in the industry about their rights and vulnerabilities and ensuring sex workers are tested and treated for HIV.  

Speaking at the Aids conference in Durban on Friday, Mashudu Madadzhe of the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT), indicated that the “Best Practice Guide to Integrated Sex Worker Programming” was the outcome of a workshop held with several SWEAT working partners.  The guide, which was funded by the United Nations Population Fund, was a tool, she said, and did not take a one-size-fits all approach to sex workers.  It took two years to implement and included input from 19 organisations.  But it would only be successful if sex workers took the initiative in guiding and leading their peers in human rights education and the benefits of HIV testing and treatment.

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