As the world’s HIV crisis grows, strategies continue to focus on containing the pandemic within high-risk populations. Is there a more effective way of engaging and approaching marginalised populations to help combat the global pandemic than the strategies pursued to date? If so, what would such an approach look like? This article will analyse the work of Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM) and Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP), based in India. Through grassroots mobilisation and advocacy, SANGRAM and VAMP demonstrate how people in prostitution and sex workers can create effective strategies for HIV prevention, care, and treatment from a rights-based approach.
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