60% of SA sex workers HIV positive

About 60% of South Africa’s estimated 150 000 sex workers are HIV positive.

The statistics were announced by the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) at the launch of a national HIV/Aids programme for sex workers in Johannesburg yesterday, The New Age reported.

“How can you talk about HIV prevention and not talk about sex work, knowing that HIV transmission involves sex?” Sanac chief executive Fareed Abdullah was quoted as saying at the launch.

Sex workers, their “non-commercial partners” and their clients accounted for between 6% and 11% of all new infections in South Africa.

These “concerning” figures pushed Sanac and its partners to develop a programme aimed at fighting HIV/Aids in the sex worker industry, the publication reported.

“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,” Abdullah said.

The national coordinator of sex workers’ movement Sisonke, Kholi Buthelezi, said it was the duty of all sex workers to ensure the programme was successful.

“We want to use condoms but sometimes our clients refuse,” she said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Until the matric exams are over, my family is:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Self-isolating to ensure we don't miss any exams
12% - 131 votes
Following Covid-19 safety protocols, but still going out like normal
54% - 583 votes
Business as usual, we're not worried about the virus
34% - 360 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.26
(+0.57)
ZAR/GBP
21.08
(+0.40)
ZAR/EUR
18.94
(+0.90)
ZAR/AUD
11.43
(+0.75)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(+0.72)
Gold
1879.57
(+0.61)
Silver
23.59
(+1.40)
Platinum
845.00
(-0.41)
Brent Crude
38.07
(-3.48)
Palladium
2207.48
(+0.58)
All Share
51684.70
(-0.41)
Top 40
47472.92
(-0.22)
Financial 15
9459.76
(-3.04)
Industrial 25
73405.64
(+1.00)
Resource 10
47245.91
(-1.21)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo