Sex work-related stigma: Experiential, symbolic and structural forms in the health systems of Delhi, India

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Sex work-related stigma is prevalent in urban India. While HIV-stigma is often discussed in urban Indian health contexts, rarely is sex work-related stigma investigated as it shapes sex workers’ health experiences. This paper, co-authored by USC alum Martha Ryan, Devaki Nambiar at the George Institute for Public Health in India, and Laura Ferguson, director of USC’s Program on Global Health & Human Rights, discusses the findings of an ethnographic study with women who practice sex work, healthcare providers, and non-governmental organization workers in Delhi, India over seven months in 2017. Read the article »


Authors: Martha S. Ryan, Devaki Nambiar and Laura Ferguson Published By: Social Science & Medicine Date: May 2019 Publication Link:

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