Decriminalizing SexWork: Implications for HIV Prevention and Control in China

  • Dongbao Yu
  • Edmund Settle
  • Ruotao Wang
  • Lenore Manderson
Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 22)

While needle sharing remains the main source of HIV transmission in China, the percentage of HIV infections from sexual transmission is steadily increasing, and commercial sex work is regarded as one of the primary factors leading to this increase. Current government policies such as the criminalization of sex workers and “severely cracking down on illegal activities such as sex work” (Ministry of Public Security, 1981) have a limited positive impact on HIV/AIDS prevention and control. Moreover, they leave sex workers socially and legally marginalized, thereby limiting the effectiveness of prevention and outreach programs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dongbao Yu
    • 1
  • Edmund Settle
    • 2
  • Ruotao Wang
    • 3
  • Lenore Manderson
    • 4
  1. 1.National Center for AIDS/STD Control and PreventionChinese Center for Diseases Control and PreventionChina
  2. 2.United Nations Development Program (UNDP)China
  3. 3.National Center for AIDS Control and PreventionChina
  4. 4.Key Center for Women’s Health of the University of Melbourne

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