The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Laura Nyblade, David Kuria Mbote, Catherine Barker, Javier Morla, Daniel Mwai, Tom Oneko, Melissa Stockton, Arin Dutta, Joshua Kimani, Helgar Musyoki, Stella Njugana, Martin Sirengo, Caroline Kemunto, John Mathenge, Peninah Mwangi, and Thomas Odhiam
Primary Language: English
A new study released by the Health Policy Project, examines the experience of stigma and discrimination among male and female sex workers and how these experiences affect sex workers’ utilization of health services. Measuring the prevalence of four types of stigma: anticipated, witnessed/heard, experienced, and internalized; the study revealed that over 80 percent of male sex workers and over 70 percent of female sex workers avoided or delayed needed health services in the year preceding the survey. This and other findings provide critical evidence for the need to address stigma and discrimination to both improve health outcomes of and control the HIV among the key populations most affected by HIV.