The first sex worker plenary from the International AIDS Conference

I was in the audience and weepy all thorough this — several thousand participants from the International AIDS Conference got to hear directly from a sex worker — Elena Reyanga, from Argentina — about exactly what we want when it comes to HIV and human rights. No, not just condoms. What good can condoms be alone, we argued, when we have no right to work?

The full text of Elena’s plenary speech after the cut. Powerful stuff, and the best sum-up of what it was we, the 175 sex workers in attendance, were fighting for in Mexico City this week.

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