The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) announced the Rapid Response Briefing about “Examining the Implications of PrEP as HIV Prevention for Sex Workers. According them, PrEP raises important challenges in the context of female sex work. “To protect sexual and reproductive health and avoid pregnancy, PrEP must be used with condoms but that may be difficult where clients perceive PrEP as an alternative. Frequent HIV testing and medicalisation of HIV prevention in low-income settings presents challenges for those who lack the rights and power needed to make informed health-related decisions. Policymakers and HIV agencies have a short window in which to ensure that PrEP complements existing programming and plan ways to avert potential negative impact”.
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