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Assessing and addressing social determinants of HIV among female sex workers in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania through community empowerment-based responses

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posted on 2023-08-05, 13:10 authored by Deanna Kerrigan, Yeycy Donastorg, Clare Barrington, Martha Perez, Hoisex Gomez, Jessie Mbwambo, Samuel L. Likindikoki, Andrea R. Mantsios, S. Wilson Beckham, Anna Leddy, Tahilin Sanchez Karver, Noya Galai, Wendy D. Davis

Purpose of Review: This review describes social determinants of HIV in two geographic and epidemic settings, the Dominican Republic (DR) and Tanzania, among female sex workers (FSW), their influence on HIV outcomes including 90-90-90 goals, and the development and impact of tailored, context driven, community empowerment-based responses in each setting. Recent Findings: Our review documents the significance of social determinants of HIV including sex work-related stigma, discrimination, and violence and the impact of community empowerment-based approaches on HIV incidence in Tanzania and other HIV prevention, treatment, and care outcomes, including care engagement and adherence, in the DR and Tanzania. Summary: Community empowerment approaches where FSW drive the response to HIV and strategically engage partners to target socio-structural and environmental factors can have a demonstrable impact on HIV prevention, treatment, and care outcomes. Such approaches can also support further gains towards reaching the 90-90-90 across geographies and types of epidemics.



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Published in final edited form as: Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2020 April ; 17(2): 88–96. doi:10.1007/s11904-020-00485-3.


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