Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations (AFAO) policy analyst John Godwin wrote in the Apr./May 2003 HIV Australia article "Two Steps Back?" that:

“AFAO is concerned about the negative public health impact of the proposed law. Mandatory health requirements stigmatise sex workers and fail to promote good health outcomes.

Australian sex workers have very low rates of STIs and HIV, and most enjoy better sexual health than the general community. There is a strong culture of safe sex in the industry and condom use is now an almost universal practice. Excellent sexual health standards have been developed voluntarily, without criminalising the involvement of sex workers with STIs or HIV in the industry.”

Apr./May 2003