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South Africa: 60 percent of sex workers are HIV positive

The South African National Aids Council released a worrying statistic at the launch of a national HIV/Aids programme for sex workers in Johannesburg this week

The South African National Aids Council (SANAC) announced that 60 percent of South Africa’s approximately 150, 000 sex workers are HIV positive.

Sex workers, their “non-commercial partners” as well as their clients account for between 6 percent and 11 percent of all new infections in the country.

SANAC Chief Executive, Fareed Abdullah, said at the launch:“The programme also aimed at ensuring access to state social and health services where sex workers can receive HIV counselling and testing, treatment and contraception.”

Source: Health 24 and The New Age






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