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Implementing comprehensive HIV/STI programmes with sex workers • Practical Guide

29 May 2019
Sophie D. Morin

Tool's Title
Implementing comprehensive HIV/STI programmes with sex workers [➦]

✎ French
✎ English
✎ Spanish
✎ Russian

Target Audience
• Health, social services and education professionals

• Practical Guide


Conception by
World Health Organization (WHO)
United Nations Popular Fund (UNFPA)
Global Network of Sex Work Project (NSWP)
World Bank
United Nations Development Programme

Release Date and Last Update
October 2013 (no update as of the review date)

Topics covered in the tool include approaches and principles to building programmes that are led by the sex worker community such as community empowerment, addressing violence against sex workers, and community-led services; they include how to implement the recommended condom and lubricant programming, and other crucial health-care interventions for HIV prevention, treatment and care; and they include suggestions on how to manage programmes and build the capacity of sex worker organizations. The tool contains examples of good practice from around the world that may support efforts in planning programmes and services.

The tool is designed for use by public-health officials and managers of HIV and STI programmes; NGOs, including community and civil-society organizations; and health workers. It may also be of interest to international funding agencies, health policy-makers and advocates.

*** Note that this description was written by the World Health Organization (WHO).***

Official Reference 
WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, NSWP, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme. (2013). Implementing comprehensive HIV/STI programmes with sex workers: practical approaches from collaborative interventions. Retrieved from

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Clarifications by the Review Team
sex work, STDs, autonomy, violence, medical services, prevention, condoms, support services, sexual health, reproductive health, program, security


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