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Taking a step towards prevention : Senegal’s policy of legalizing the sex trade


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Abstract: In 1969 – many years before the identification of the first AIDS cases in the world – Senegal implemented a law to curb the spread of potentially dangerous sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by making routine and legal the registration of sex workers. The landmark governmental programme was designed to address widespread transmission of STIs, which the government attributed to extramarital sex. The effort led to the creation of the National Bureau for the Fight against STDs (Bureau National de la Lutte Contre les MST) and the construction of several STI treatment centres in different regions of the country.
Authors: Homaifar, N.
Country: Senegal
Category: Practice
End Page: 15
Serial number: 1
ISSN: [1871-7551]
Journal: Exchange on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender
Keywords: HIV and AIDS , disease prevention and control , law
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Year: 2006
Region: West Africa
Right: © 2006 KIT
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Start Page: 14
Title: Taking a step towards prevention : Senegal’s policy of legalizing the sex trade