HIV prevention among female sex workers in India reduces HIV and syphilis

A new study published in BMJ has found that HIV prevention programs for female sex workers in India reduce rates of syphilis, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The authors examined data from projects serving about 500,000 female sex workers in India, between 1995 and 2008. The results showed that prevention programs aimed at sex workers decreased HIV and syphilis infection rates among young pregnant women.

“This vital study is a reminder that governments must invest in prevention, and that even modest amounts of funding that reach the most at risk groups can yield big reductions in HIV and other infections” added Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and former Director of UNAIDS

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