Fight against HIV empowers the sex workers for social reforms

The fight against HIV has laid a way for much wider social reforms in India. An observation made by Mr. Prasada Rao who is the UN secretary general’s new envoy for Aids in the Asia Pacific region has ruled that the HIV epidemic has forced the Indian government to begin talking with those communities that were marginalized a few decades back. He further said that before the advent of HIV nobody ever cared for or thought of about these groups that consists of sex workers, MSM (Men having sex with men) and transgender population.

Mr. Prasada Rao has in the past made his first trip to a brothel in Mumbai as the head of the India’s National Aids Control Organisation in the late 1990’s. At that time he observed that there was no self confidence in these groups as of now seen. HIV in an indirect way has contributed in empowering these social groups. Hundreds of sex workers from around the world have attended the alternative summit known as “sex workers freedom festival” this week in Kolkata in response to US visa restrictions that prevented them traveling to the International Aids Conference or IAC being held in Washington DC.


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