Regulations Leave Sex Workers Unprotected against HIV

Published: December 4, 2013

 On December 1st World AIDS Day, the Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association pointed out that sex workers are one of the important vulnerable groups that must be reached regarding HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

 
The association has called on the government to form inexpensive, accessible and inclusive services which are suitable for the special needs of sex workers for protection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
 
The statement covers the following issues:
 
“Sex workers have to spend the limited money which is barely earned on protection means such as condoms and lubricants because the government avoids to give them for free. Some sex workers cannot even reach such means because of their limited income.
 
“As Red Umbrella, we have tried to get in touch with the Public Health Directorates many times since the foundation of the association in April, 2013. We have conveyed the fragile situation of sex workers against STDs; we wanted to hold a meeting about the issue and indicated the need to have free access to protection means. So far there has been no answer. Even this example shows the troubled relation of the government with the sex workers in terms of HIV and other STDs. The Ministry of Health leaves sex workers to death regarding HIV and other STDs.
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