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Understanding violence as a barrier to HIV-service uptake among LGBT and sex workers in Sub-Saharan Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
(English)In: African Journal of AIDS ResearchArticle in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

The negative effects of criminalization on HIV service uptake by MSM, IDU and SW’

have received significant attention and it is widely recognized in the public health

community that de-criminalization efforts are important. Through a document analysis

of 198 submissions made to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in 2011, the

following study however suggest that although decriminalization efforts of MSM, SW

and IDU needs our continued attention, efforts will not produce the intended results

unless the issue of violence experienced by key vulnerable populations most notably

perpetrated by law enforcement are addressed. The study’s findings highlight that

key populations’experiences of violence is not only a serious human rights abuse, but

an important barrier to service uptake. Targeted training of law enforcement and the

judiciary branches is thus of the utmost importance in order to ensure a full return on

public health investments and legal reforms.

Keyword [en]
violence, criminalization, vulnerable populations, LGBT, MSM, sex worker
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238991OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-238991DiVA: diva2:772930
Available from: 2014-12-17 Created: 2014-12-17 Last updated: 2014-12-17

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