In many settings migrants are at disproportionately high risk of HIV. The Tijuana-San Diego border is the world’s busiest international land crossing. Deportations in San Diego County have increased by 48% since 2002; many deportees are delivered to deportation stations in Tijuana, Mexico, where associations between HIV vulnerability and deportation have been documented. Female sex workers (FSWs) and their clients are among the populations at highest risk of HIV in Tijuana.
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What makes a structural intervention? Reducing vulnerability to HIV in community settings, with particular reference to sex work
Increasing emphasis is being placed on the need for ‘structural interventions’ (SIs) in HIV prevention internationally. There is great variation in how the concept of SI is defined and operationalised, however, and this has potentially problematic implications for their likely success. In this paper, we clarify and elucidate what constitutes a SI with particular reference to the structured distribution of power and to the role of communities. We summarise the background to the growing emphasis being placed on the concept of SIs in HIV prevention policy, and present ethnographic case-study material from a sex worker’s HIV project in Kolkata, India,
PLRI WEBSITE NEWS – 2014