Program to Reduce Stigma Against HIV-Positive Sex Workers

Group Launches New Program To Reduce Stigma Against HIV-Positive Sex Workers in India

The Indian not-for-profit organization Swathi Mahila Sangha has launched a new project to address stigma aimed at commercial sex workers living with HIV/AIDS, the Daily News and Analysis reports. The project — called “Baduku,” or Life — is conducted in partnership with Vijaya Mahila Sangha and Jyothi Mahila Sangha, organizations that focus on empowering commercial sex workers. It has received a grant worth about $32,350 from the World Bank for 18 months of technical support. “Women sex workers who are affected by HIV positive face double stigma,” Psushpalatha R., SMS project manager, said, adding, “They are even more discriminated and stigmatized, leading to poor access to HIV/AIDS-related medical and other services.”

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