In June 2003, New Zealand decriminalised sex work through the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA). This legislation, while not endorsing or morally sanctioning prostitution or its use, enables sex workers to operate in a work place where they have rights including occupational health and safety rights. In many countries, including New Zealand, harm minimisation is the predominant philosophy underpinning HIV/AIDS and STI control and informs public health policy. The priority has been to reduce disease transmission through advice on safer sexual practices and to help in the implementation of such practices.
Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: Health Research Council of New Zealand
Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007