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13:00 - 14:00 9 February 2010

LGBT History Month: Sexual health of sexual minorities in Pakistan - from analysis to action


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Sarah Hawkes

In collaboration with the Pakistan National AIDS Control Programme, researchers from the University of London conducted a survey of almost 2000 sex workers and injecting drug users. While the prevalence of HIV is currently low, the levels of other STIs were high in some groups - close to 50% of the transgender sex workers were currently infected with syphilis, for example. Multi-disciplinary analysis of the survey highlighted the important of addressing the social context of risk (e.g. human rights abuses perpetrated by state actors) in addition to individual level risks.

Subsequent political analysis of the findings and recommendations arising from the study highlighted the difficulties faced in changing risk factors for vulnerable populations. This talk will highlight key findings from this national survey in Pakistan, and will describe prospective analysis to determine the political feasibility of the study's recommendations.


Sonal Bharadva
+44 (0)207 679 9764 | s.bharadva@ucl.ac.uk


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