The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) says that about 60 percent of South Africa’s estimated 150 000 sex workers are HIV positive.
SANAC chief executive officer, Fareed Abdullah, announced this statistics at the launch of a national HIV/AIDS programme for sex workers in Johannesburg on Monday, 12 January 2015.
These ‘concerning’ figures pushed SANAC and its partners to develop a programme aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS in the sex worker industry. The programme also aims to ensure access to state social and health services where sex workers can receive HIV counselling and testing, treatment and contraception.
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