AIDS 2012: The Oldest Profession: Is Sex Work, Work?

AIDS 2012: The Oldest Profession: Is Sex Work, Work?

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The session will provide the basis for the legal, policy, labour and public health rationale for creating an enabling environment in which sex work is integrated into communities as simply another occupation. The keynote speaker will address and provide an overview of the key issues on HIV and sex work. This will be followed by a debate on specific topics addressed by the keynote speaker. The interactions will specifically focus on the existing evidence regarding the necessity of creating an enabling environment in which HIV prevention for sex workers can be implemented effectively and will reflect on the comparative advantages of regulated and protected sex work as opposed to the social, financial and health costs of it being a criminalized and stigmatized activity.


  • George Tembo
  • Marijke Wijnroks

Introduction from Key Note Speaker

  • Naomi Akers, United States

The Nature and Scale of the Burden of HIV on Sex Workers

  • Deanna Kerrigan, United States

Sex Work as Work: ILO Recommendation 200

  • Richard Howard, Thailand

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

  • Kay Thi Win, Myanmar

Progress Made and Challenges Identified

  • Akram Anwar, India

Questions from Kolkata

Questions and Answers

Response to questions from Panelists

Questions from Washington DC

  • Maxine Doogan, United States

Response to questions from Panelists

Event Date

Jul 26, 2012

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