Given a Choice: Economic Empowerment as HIV Prevention Among Sex Workers
Date: January 20, 2010 (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD)
Presented by: MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center General Preventive Medicine Residency
Presenters: 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
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.