Journal article

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis for female sex workers: ensuring women's family planning needs are not left behind

Anna L Bowring, Frances H Ampt, Sheree Schwartz, Mark A Stoove, Stanley Luchters, Stefan Baral, Margaret Hellard

Journal of the International AIDS Society | JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD | Published : 2020


INTRODUCTION: Female sex workers (FSWs) experience overlapping burdens of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly efficacious for HIV prevention. It represents a promising strategy to reduce HIV acquisition risks among FSWs specifically given complex social and structural factors that challenge consistent condom use. However, the potential impact on unintended pregnancy has garnered little attention. We discuss the potential concerns and opportunities for PrEP to positively or negatively impact the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of FSWs. DISCUSSION: FSWs have high unmet need for effective contraception and uni..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Awarded by National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health

Funding Acknowledgements

The National Health and Medical Research Council provide funding to AB through an Early Career Fellowship, FHA through a Postgraduate Scholarship, SL as a Career Development Fellow (1090805), MH as a Principal Research Fellow (1112297) and MS as a Senior Research Fellow (1136970). SB and SS effort was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health (R01NR016650). The views expressed in this publication are solely the opinion of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NHMRC, the NINR or other sponsors.