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Good News for Sex Workers in Zimbabwe: How a court order improved safety in the absence of decriminalisation

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Busza, Joanna, Mtetwa, Sibongile, Fearon, Elizabeth, Hofisi, David, Mundawarara, Tinashe, Yekeye, Raymond, Magure, Tapure, Mugurungi, Owen and Cowan, Frances ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3087-4422 (2017) 'Good News for Sex Workers in Zimbabwe: How a court order improved safety in the absence of decriminalisation'. Journal of the International AIDS Society, Vol 20, e21860.

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Abstract

As highlighted in the JIAS special issue on the role of police in the global HIV pandemic, legal policy and its enforcement both reflect and shape social attitudes toward key populations including sex workers, men who have sex with men, drug users and other marginalised groups [1]. How the police interpret and implement legal restrictions on specific behaviours influences local risk environments by sharpening or mitigating the laws’ impact [2-4]. This paper summarises recent legal action in Zimbabwe that has positively influenced female sex workers’ (FSW) safety and, if sustained, is likely to translate into reduced HIV risk.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503 Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV infections
WX Hospitals and Other Health Facilities > WX 32 Laws
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.7448/IAS.20.1.21860
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 15:42
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:14
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/7057

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