Implementing comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers
Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions
Epidemiological data show that, globally, sex workers are ten times more likely to contract HIV than adults in the general population. Inadequate laws, policies and practices, violence, stigma, discrimination and exclusion hinder access of sex workers to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. UNDP, guided by its mandate under the UNAIDS Division of Labour and the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, contributed to development of “Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions”.
This implementation tool, commonly referred to as “SWIT” was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), together with UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNDP, and the World Bank. In line with UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016 – 2021: Connecting the Dots and the series of implementation tools focusing on improving services for key HIV populations and reducing inequalities and exclusion, UNDP has contributed to this tool which offers practical advice on implementing HIV and STI programmes for and with sex workers. Topics covered in SWIT include inclusive programme development, addressing violence against sex workers, condom and lubricant programming and other critical interventions for HIV prevention, treatment and care.
The implementation tool contains examples of good practice from around the world that may support efforts in planning programmes and services. SWIT is designed for use by public health decision makers and workers, managers of HIV and STI programmes, as well as civil society. It may also be of interest to international donors, policy makers and advocates.