Sandra Ka Hon Chu, LLM, Director of Research and Advocacy at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences at the University of California at San Diego, in an interview for the July 22, 2014 article titled "AIDS Conference Told Legalizing Prostitution a Simple Way to Curb HIV," stated:
[Sandra Ka Hon Chu]: “When you’re driven to isolated areas because of policing, because your clients are being arrested, it’s harder for you to negotiate condom use, harder for you to insist on safer sex or even discuss what you want to do in advance…

Where criminal laws have actually been removed, rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infection are very, very low, rates of condom use are very, very high, and sex workers as a whole feel very empowered to insist on safer sex with their clients.”

[Steffanie Strathdee]: “We’ve shown that up to 46 per cent of incident HIV infections could be averted in any of the three cities [in Canada, India, and Kenya] we examined by just fully decriminalizing prostitution.”

July 22, 2014