A Washington, D.C.-based writer, policy analyst, organizer, and women’s health activist, Anna Forbes has worked in HIV/AIDS continuously since 1985. Now an independent consultant with an international client list, her work centers around women, HIV, health, and rights. Her sub-speciality is advocacy for greater and more meaningful inclusion of sex workers in HIV/AIDS services planning and policy generally, and in prevention specifically. She has published widely on women’s health and HIV/AIDS in both the popular and academic press and is the author of eight children’s books on HIV/AIDS. She is an independent consultant and staff to the U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group.
Why are researchers only just beginning to recognize the connection between the decriminalization of sex work and HIV? And why is the trend toward criminalizing populations involved in the sex trades increasing in the United States—moving in the opposite direction from other countries?
Have you ever been part of an attempt to set a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records? Want to help break an existing world record while also helping to increase access to HIV prevention tools? If so, YOURMESSAGE can be featured in what we hope will become the world’s longest chain of paper dolls. It will be on display as at the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC this July.
People who participate in clinical trials take the enormous step of volunteering to test a product that may be useful and, sometimes, life-saving if it turns out to be effective. They play an irreplaceable role in research to prevent, treat, and sometimes cure illness – as well as to find other ways to improve people’s health and lives.
Proof that PrEP works – that there is, literally, a pill can help to prevent HIV -- is an extraordinary breakthrough, as was the news received last summer that an effective vaginal microbicide had been identified. But what does a study focused on people engaging in rectal-penile sex have to do with women and their reproductive health? There are many ways to answer that question -- some of them cause for celebration and some reasons for real concern.
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