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UNAIDS strategy Review
Focus Group Discussion for the Global AIDS strategy on sex workers
• UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (RST ESA) and Africa Sex
Workers Alliance (ASWA) held a Continental Focus Group Discussion (FGD) (Africa) on 12 October
2020.The FGD was about UNAIDS strategic review and was to assist in developing the Global
AIDS Strategy 2021-2026.
• The theme was; Sex workers, a community left behind in the HIV response, left behind in
humanitarian crises responses. Can we break the cycle? The theme partly emphasized that the
Sex workers around Africa face overwhelming stigma and discrimination, partly driven by social
and moral norms, but predominantly due to criminalization of sex work, which represents a very
substantial risk in the lives of sex workers.