How Police, Sex Workers, and People Who Use Drugs Are Joining Forces to Prevent HIV

Getting to zero new HIV infections.
That is the stated goal of the global HIV response. But one way of trying to get there that’s never going to work? Arrests.

Sex workers and people who use drugs bear the brunt of new HIV infections. But because they are criminalized, they face arrest, police harassment, and abuse. Even though we know how to prevent and treat HIV, police often stand between health and social services, and the people who need them.

But a novel approach to law enforcement is changing this.

In this video we see stories from two very different countries–Kenya and Kyrgyzstan–about how police are forming partnerships with public health experts, community groups, and advocates of both people who use drugs and sex workers. (2014-10:22 min.)

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