Strategy: Draft National Strategic Plan for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment for Sex Workers

Strategy: Draft National Strategic Plan for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment for Sex Workers

Released by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) on 12 January, this 49-page preliminary document outlines plans to, for instance, increase HIV and tuberculosis (TB) prevention, care and treatment among sex workers and families.

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SANAC logoThe strategic plan outlines three main aims, mainly:

  • Increase coverage and access to comprehensive HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and TB prevention, treatment, care, support and related services for sex worker and their sexual partners, families and clients;
  • Reduce violence and human rights abuses experienced by sex workers; and
  • Foster enabling health and related systems to enable sex workers to realise good health and their Constitutional Rights.

This draft plan also proposes rolling out new HIV prevention science such as pre-exposure prophylaxis and antiretroviral invitation irregardless of CD4 counts, or ‘test and treat.’

SANAC is currently collecting inputs regarding challenges and success regarding sex workers and national programmes to reduce HIV, TB and STIs. These inputs will feed into the finalization of the plan prior to its official launch in a few months.

Download the draft strategy: Draft National Sex Work Strategy January 2015