XI International Conference on AIDS|
July 7-12, 1996
Cornman Helen, Hirchsmann A.
"La Sala": A Novel Educational Approach For Sex Workers in Guatemala City
IssueSex workers within the "red light" district of Guatemala City live and/or work in deplorable conditions . The majority of these women have minimal orientation concerning issues such as STD's, HIV/AIDS, self-esteem and are routinely subjected to human rights abuses.
ProjectThe "La Sala" project consists of an innovative approach focused on offering educational and medical services related to STD/HIV/AIDS to sex workers in a safe and relaxed environment. Beyond education it hopes to raise self-awareness, self-esteem and empower sex workers to reduce their overall risk of STD/HIV infection and emotional and physical abuse.
ResultsCurrently the project has proven to be quite effective in providing essential services to sex workers in an alternative setting. The outreach services have provided 2,500 condoms each week to approximately 150 sex workers in the "red light" district of Guatemala City. Six, eight session workshops of self-esteem and HIV/STD's were offered to approximately 150 sex workers. The house itself has begun to provided services to various women from the "red light" district.
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Created: July 16, 1996|
Last modified: November 18, 1996
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