South Africa’s sex workers will receive HIV prevention and treatment

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 17 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1593
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

South Africa is to supply sex workers with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treat those who test HIV positive with antiretroviral medication without waiting for their CD4 counts to drop, the country’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said.1 The proposals are part of a comprehensive plan for sex workers that was announced last week.

Sex work is illegal in South Africa but this status is being tackled, said Ramaphosa. He said that, while sex workers may carry condoms, the police often confiscate them to use as …

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