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Sex workers unite… we have nothing to lose (World AIDS Conference)

5 August 2008

Daniel Hernandez, Intersections:

Mexico sida

“A global AIDS conference that opens in Mexico City on Sunday is meant for people infected with HIV, but transsexual sex worker Elma Delea cannot get inside,” begins this Reuters dispatch from the streets of D.F. (More good info and updates at AIDS2008.) For an event as large, international, and glittering as the XVII AIDS Conference this week, the chasms that exist between those forming policies and opinions and those affected still remain large. Especially, it seems, here in Mexico.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think excluding the commercial sex workers from the conference was more than oversight. Of course, the scientists and policy-makers SHOULD be talking to people like Elma Delea, but the “golden rule” (“thems that gots the gold makes the rules”) and “celebrities” like Bill Clinton and Annie Lennox have a place in these conferences.  Unfortunately, it’s the Bill Clintons and Annie Lennoxes, and not the scientists, or the sex workers who are being heard by the outside world.  Thanks to Daniel, and to Reuters for giving them a voice.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mr. Rushing permalink
    5 August 2008 12:29 pm

    Car wrecks kill more than AIDS/HIV, condoms and seat belts works, not Catholic Abstinance movements.

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