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Basil Donovan, MD Biography

Professor of Sexual Health at National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research of the University of New South Wales
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Because prostitution offends some sensibilities, it is tempting for political pragmatists to be seen to ban or regulate it. We believe there is ample evidence that restoration of human rights through decriminalisation, free-market forces with cosmetic controls, and broad-based health-promotion programmes will yield a healthier and more humane sex industry for the UK. The longer term political gains are substantial. The UK, like New South Wales, may even be able to contemplate workable occupational health and safety guidelines for brothels in a climate of co-operation between sex industry, health, and government representatives.”

The Lancet, Oct. 5, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Sexual Health, National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of New South Wales
  • Former Director, Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Hospital
  • Former Clinical Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Senior Counsellor, World Executive Council, International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI)
  • MD, University of Sydney
  • None found
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