The current AIDS pandemic has thrust prostitution to the forefront of public awareness.
This highlighting of the profession for public health reasons has provided an opportunity to re-evaluate the status of prostitution in the 1990s.
Prostitutes provide an extensively used public service and usually do so with consent.
Under present legislation most of the commercial transactions between consenting individuals are illegal and, as a result, this activity is stigmatized and driven underground.
The illegality and resulting covert nature of prostitution encourages exploitation of the women and makes access to routine helping agencies such as medical care and social work more difficult.
In assessing the health care needs of prostitutes the effects of the law, social morality and professional ethics on their health should be considered.
Mots-clés Pascal : Prostitution, Etat sanitaire, Morale, Ethique, Législation, Maladie sexuellement transmissible, Service santé, Femelle, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prostitution, Health status, Moral science, Ethics, Legislation, Sexually transmitted disease, Health service, Female, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0481524
Code Inist : 002A26N06. Création : 01/03/1996.