ASWA at the 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022)

AIDS Conference, took place both in-person and virtually in Montreal, Canada.

Please find information about presentations, panels, exhibitions, films, and more about when conversations and strategies around sex work in Africa happened.

Sex Worker Pre-Conference

Date: 28th July 2022

Time:12h-17h

Launching new WHO guidelines for key populations: Focus for impact

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/140

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 517d/Channel 2

Date Time

29 July 14:45 – 16:15

What’s new in WHO guidelines: innovations, access and monitoring

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/149

Overview of new WHO Consolidated Guidelines on Person-Centered HIV Strategic Information.

Panelists: Ruth MORGAN THOMAS, Global Coordinator: Global Network of Sex Work Projects.

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 517a/Channel 3

Date Time

29 July 16:30 – 18:00

Communities leading the way: The importance of key population community-led responses in HIV 2022

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/535

Chair: Ruth MORGAN THOMAS, Global Network of Sex Work Projects, United Kingdom

Panelist – Community mobilisation and advocacy in Kenya: Phelister ABDALLA, National Coordinator, Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA).

Room 517d/Channel 2

Date Sunday 31st July 2022

Time 08:00 – 09:00

The Key Populations Investment Fund: Progress, pitfalls, and future directions for key population programs: Key Population Community Perspectives on KPIF.

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/65

Aniz MITHA, Community Health Rights Advocacy, Malawi

Frances W. BESTMAN, White Rose Alliance, Liberia

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 517b/Channel 4

Date Time

31 July 17:45 – 19:15

Differentiated service delivery for sex workers: Success stories during COVID-19

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/233

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 524/Channel 9

Date Time

01 August 14:15 – 15:15

Josephine ACHIENG, Deputy Director: Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP), Kenya.

Doing the right thing: Mitigating HIV-related stigma in clinical settings

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/58

Facing intersecting stigmas in clinical settings in Kenya: Pascal MACHARIA, HOYMAS, Kenya

Discussion on receiving and providing stigma free services. Joyce ODHIAMBO, PARTNERS FOR HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA, Kenya ,Joyce OLUOCH, WESTERN KENYA SEX WORKERS ALLIANCE, Kenya

Room 517b/Channel 4

Date Time

01 August 17:45 – 19:15

Trans Inclusion in National HIV Policy and Planning: A collaborative discussion between activists, researchers, and policy makers

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/479

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 510/Channel 8

Date Time

29 July 07:45 – 08:45

South African HIV, TB and STI Progress Beyond COVID-19: Rising Against All Odds

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/483

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 524/Channel 9

Date Time

29 July 07:45 – 08:45

Fight For What Counts: Maximizing health equity, gender equality and human rights in the HIV response

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/67

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 517b/Channel 4

Date Time

29 July 13:00 – 14:30

Differentiated Testing Services: Optimizing program design to enhance testing and linkage

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/64

Save lives, decriminalize: Pathways to achieving the 10-10-10s

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/424

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 518/Channel 10

Date Time

29 July 18:15 – 19:45

VIRTUAL ONLY: Advancing HIV health communication science: Challenges and opportunities for impact in key populations

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/201

ROOM/CHANNEL

Channel 11

Date Time

30 July 11:00 – 12:30


What matters? Actual and perceived sexual risk for HIV acquisition
Presentation: “Exploring the mental health
experiences and perceived social and sexual risks among female sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya

Mamtuti Panneh

Room 220 d/e/Channel 1

11h45-12h45

29th July 2022

REPORT LAUNCH: Protectors or Perpetrators? The Impact of Unlawful Policing on HIV, Human Rights and Justice

https://programme.aids2022.org/Programme/Session/102

ROOM/CHANNEL

Room 517d/Channel 2

Date Time

02 August 08:00 – 09:00

Sex Workers’ Networking Zone

The space opened from July 30th to August 1st,10:30-6pm. The participants joined in person and some virtually by Zoom.

Red Umbrella Fund: How to strengthen the fund to strengthen the movement

Link of the session here: https://youtu.be/qr7Nd7_1U7A

Date: July 31st, 2022

Time: 11-12HR

Sex work before the courts and at tribunals, with Sisonke/SWEAT

Date: August 1, 2022

Time: 11-12HR

Find more information attached or here: Sex Work Content at the 24th International AIDS Conference, 2022

                                            

AIDS 2022 SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT

#AIDS2022, #HIV, #FundHIVFight, # Investments in #KeyPopulations, #SystemicInequality, #EndInequalityEndAIDS, #FightWhatCounts, #Investmentsin#sexworkershealth, #sexworkershealth.

ASWA ensured that sex work was part of the important conversations that took place at AIDS 2022. We prepared the following advocacy messages.

  1. Join us in Montreal, Canada to call on the funders to increase support for sex workers’ HIV programming in Africa.
  2. Provide easy access to hormonal therapy for transgender sex workers in Africa.
  3. Criminalisation of sex work results in violence which increases vulnerability and risk of H.I.V. Decriminalise sex work in Africa for better sex workers’ health outcomes.
  4. Sex workers of all genders have health needs that are often overlooked. Include sex workers of all diversity in Africa in HIV programming.
  5. HIV prevalence is higher among sex workers than in the general population due to unequal access to appropriate health services. End inequalities to end AIDS among sex workers in Africa.

Suggestions for using this material include:

  • Posting content in the days leading up to AIDS 2022 to help create awareness of issues related to sex work issues and funding.
  • Utilizing this content during your time at the conference.
  • Live tweeting about sex work conversations during AIDS 2022.
  • Tagging @Africasexwork and using the hashtags #Investmentsinsexworkershealth, #sexworkershealth in your posts.