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Given a Choice:
Economic Empowerment as HIV Prevention Among Sex Workers

January 20, 2010 (Johns Hopkins Bllomber School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland)

Presented by:
MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center
General Preventive Medicine Residency



Susan G. Sherman, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Health, Behavior, and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health



Danielle German, PhD, MPH
Assistant Scientist
Health, Behavior, and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health



These training materials are available to you free of charge; no payment is necessary.


Topics Covered:

This joint presentation describes the economic motivation behind HIV/STI risk among sex workers, and it outlines two programs that were effective at “cutting the risk at its source” by providing sex workers with alternate sources of income.

  • A description of the societal structures that impact prevalence of HIV and interventions to address those structures
  • How the Jewel Project in Baltimore impacted sex workers’ risk behaviors by training them to make and market beaded jewelry
  • Lessons learned about why this program was effective
  • Pi Pilot Study involving female sex workers in Chennai, India explores the effects of training sex workers to sew and to produce sellable products on their sexual risk behaviors and economic well being.



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