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60 percent of sex workers HIV positive: Report

By Sapa | Jan 13, 2015 | COMMENTS [ 248 ]

About 60 percent of South Africa's estimated 150,000 sex workers are HIV positive, The New Age reported on Tuesday.

The statistics were announced by the SA National Aids Council (Sanac) at the launch of a national HIV/Aids programme for sex workers in Johannesburg on Monday.

"How can you talk about HIV prevention and not talk about sex work, knowing HIV transmission involves sex?" Sanac CEO Fareed Abdullah was quoted as saying at the launch.

Sex workers, their "non-commercial partners" and their clients accounted for between six and 11 percent 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.

National co-ordinater 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.

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speru5

Tjo!!! I heard on SA Fm yesterday, i feel for the women whose husband's are clients to them halorts.

Jan 13, 2015 9:28 | 3 replies

Honeybadger

what about your boyfriend? most me do prozzies every now and then.

Jan 13, 2015 9:29 | 4 replies

Ponko_Fontoyo

Do you support prostitution?

Jan 13, 2015 9:30 | 1 replies

Honeybadger

it doesn't matter. the fact is its there and its been there since we could count.

Jan 13, 2015 9:33 | 2 replies

Dkok

nice answear Badger

Jan 13, 2015 9:43 | 1 replies

Ponko_Fontoyo

Nice answer indeed Mqhamuki, but we need to stop this prostitution !

Jan 13, 2015 9:48 | 2 replies

Dkok

prostitution is evrywhere, its not only those on the street that r selling, gud thing about those on the street is you already know what u r up against, while u might even make babies with those that aint on the street. Legalise it and i will advertise it

Jan 13, 2015 9:53 | 3 replies

Ponko_Fontoyo

Ja ja okay whatever! Have a nice day!

Jan 13, 2015 9:56 | 0 replies

Hlokesy

Nothing good about prostitution Ponko. There is no way that prostitution can be legalized in this country, never. Unless if they elect this Lindiwe Sisulu woman as the president.

Jan 13, 2015 11:11 | 0 replies

Goli

Dkok, i concur...the fact that a woman would ask u what do u do, what do u drive! isn't not a sign of prostitution? indeed diff..most of those aren't ladies of the night. we can go anywhere in the world it is a trade and employment...

Jan 13, 2015 11:44 | 0 replies

Rest-In-P*ssy

its those girls you find a chisa nyamas

Jan 13, 2015 12:43 | 0 replies

Mzabalazo

Again how can people crucify the sex worker and not the one who buys, as if the sex worker forces them to? Our society need a wholistic approach to such issues. Some men even offer women who are not sex workers money and other privileges in order to sleep with them. I agree with you, this trade is as old as humans themselves and needs a progressive approach in dealing with it. Wether we like or not it is here to stay and the question is do we want it to stay and contribute to HIV or to stay and not become a health hazard.

Jan 13, 2015 9:43 | 2 replies

Hlokesy

That is an easy cash and must never be [art of the reason for poverty. We just have to make sure that it is not legalized.

Jan 13, 2015 11:14 | 0 replies

RobinX

That is something I broach regularly, but most men in here refuse to take responsibility and see it is some kind of male right.

Jan 14, 2015 11:39 | 0 replies

Maduvula

she doesn't have a bf!

Jan 13, 2015 9:36 | 1 replies
Jan 13, 2015 9:38 | 0 replies

Kgonyoh

how come,they are using a condom left ,right and centre mos

Jan 13, 2015 9:59 | 0 replies

oldlady12

HB...."most ME do prozzies...." was that a confession or a finger error?

Jan 13, 2015 10:13 | 0 replies

MrNouva

I feel for the wives' makhwaphenis

Jan 13, 2015 9:36 | 0 replies

Kgonyoh

i should bounce now,check you tomorrow,i'm calling it a day

Jan 13, 2015 11:39 | 0 replies

Vhamsanda

60% IS WAY TOO LOW.

Jan 13, 2015 9:29 | 3 replies

Honeybadger

what do you mean chief?

Jan 13, 2015 9:29 | 1 replies

RobinX

I think he meanas that he expected it to be higher. I must say that I expected a higher figure.

Jan 14, 2015 11:40 | 0 replies

Ponko_Fontoyo

Lol otlwang se reng skobo se.Haha you joking right?

Jan 13, 2015 9:30 | 1 replies

Honeybadger

hehehe...I think he's ignoring you.

Jan 13, 2015 9:34 | 0 replies

SfisoM

Uthini mubiza? u 60% is way too low?

Jan 13, 2015 9:37 | 0 replies

Bumboklaat

Ayeye Byanong! Kere bo Horseshit batlobona masepa kaore baphela bareka marao!

Jan 13, 2015 9:30 | 1 replies

Honeybadger

eeh. you still alive

Jan 13, 2015 9:34 | 1 replies

Bumboklaat

I am still alive! Neke ile go thwasa boloi! Kenyako loya dimpya tse tsao tella!

Jan 13, 2015 9:35 | 1 replies

Honeybadger

yaa plus di baie hierso.

Jan 13, 2015 9:39 | 0 replies

Honeybadger

So this boys bo SCold and DjWhinner must be careful.

Jan 13, 2015 9:30 | 1 replies

s.cold

NAWE EVEN YOU TRUSTED GF COULD BE ONE OF THEM,,,OR NGIMSHAYE I QUICKY THEN ATHELELE WENA,,,UYABO !!!!!!NO DOUBLE UP ALL OF YOU GUYS STICK TO I PLASTIC

Jan 13, 2015 10:12 | 0 replies

LaliboyEC

I must stop going to summit

Jan 13, 2015 9:30 | 1 replies

Honeybadger

you must use protection. but I think they talking streetwalkers here.

Jan 13, 2015 9:35 | 0 replies

TonkiKgolo

Only 60%? seriously?

Jan 13, 2015 9:30 | 1 replies
Jan 13, 2015 11:40 | 0 replies

s.cold

MA MA WEEEEEEE I ALWAYS FCK THEM SKOON WITHOUT I CONDOM,,,,EISH BUT THE LADY ON THE LEFT ON THAT PIC,,,UNDENZA NDIBE SHUSHU,,,,AMATHANGA AMHLOPHE SO!!!

Jan 13, 2015 9:32 | 3 replies

Honeybadger

jerrrr. who taught you how to write? how can a reasonably educated person not use protection at this day and age? or you will use shower too.

Jan 13, 2015 9:37 | 0 replies

Dandan

ooola s.cold HNY, nalokhu usathanda oyellow mashwabana

Jan 13, 2015 9:38 | 1 replies

s.cold

BUKA KAHLE LELIYATHANGA U CONCENTRATE FOR 2MIN UBONE UKUTHI ANGEKE YINI UQHANYELWE NOMA UBHONYELWE LOLO!!!!

Jan 13, 2015 9:42 | 0 replies
Jan 13, 2015 10:0 | 1 replies

s.cold

IT IS TOO DAMN LATE

Jan 13, 2015 10:4 | 0 replies

MommaC

This is what happens when you try to sweep things under the carpet. Just legalise the industry already and put in place monitoring and enforcement policies. We can reduce the HIV, tackle slavery and stop the abuse of these women, simply by legalising it.

Jan 13, 2015 9:32 | 5 replies

Hosh6

Why are you encouraging prostitution?

Jan 13, 2015 9:37 | 1 replies

MommaC

Why are you sniffing around after me again?

Jan 13, 2015 9:37 | 3 replies
Jan 13, 2015 9:46 | 0 replies

Hosh6

I don't think you would be wanting prostitution to be legalized if your daughter was one, instead you would want it to be criminalized. Now that none of your family members are prozzies you are advocating for it to be legalized.#smh

Jan 13, 2015 9:51 | 1 replies

MommaC

If my daughter was a prostiitute, I would be campaigning day and night to get it legalised. I may not approve of prostiitution but I certainly do not think they deserve the abuse they get

Jan 13, 2015 9:52 | 2 replies

oldlady12

MC, when will they ever learn? Legalising is the only way to contain it.

Jan 13, 2015 10:14 | 1 replies

MommaC

It has been illegal for generations and it has not stopped it. If anything, it has made it worse

Jan 13, 2015 10:17 | 0 replies

Hosh6

The moment a woman becomes a prostitute, she is giving away her right to be treated with dignity. They deserve all the abuse they are getting.

Jan 13, 2015 10:19 | 2 replies

MommaC

Which is why I detest you. You are a waste of oxygen

Jan 13, 2015 10:18 | 1 replies

Hosh6

You can detest me all you like but I will never feel sorry for a prozzy. Who in their right minds would want to be respected if they are behaving like nobodies? Just imagine someone opening their thighs wide to entice me and you want to respect such a person?

Jan 13, 2015 10:40 | 1 replies

MommaC

yet you will unzip for them, use and abuse them .... which is why nobody respects you

Jan 13, 2015 10:44 | 1 replies

Hosh6

How am I abusing them if I'm paying for the service?

Jan 13, 2015 11:1 | 1 replies

MommaC

.... which just goes to show how little self respect you have. Must be sad to live life with such self hatred.

Jan 13, 2015 11:1 | 1 replies

Hosh6

Listen to this one. Ee muna you were busy here saying prostitution must be legalized and yet you saying people who use the services of prostitutes have little self respect? Kahle kahle what do you want?

Jan 13, 2015 11:23 | 1 replies

MommaC

Most of those girls are FORCED into prostiitution. What is your excuse?

Jan 13, 2015 11:29 | 1 replies

Hosh6

Arg man who the hell am I supposed to know whether they are forced or not? Most that I used you could see that they were not forced, I even bumped into one in town the other day.

Jan 13, 2015 11:46 | 1 replies

MommaC

... and did you point, laugh and verbally abuse her? You have VERY low self esteem. That is why you feel such a great need to belittle women

Jan 13, 2015 11:47 | 1 replies

Hosh6

Ai man I didn't verbally abuse her. I looked at her and asked if I can call her when I want to have sex and she agreed.

Jan 13, 2015 12:45 | 1 replies

MommaC

so you were soliciting sex .... how does that make you better than her?

Jan 13, 2015 1:4 | 1 replies

Hosh6

Mxm arg man suit yourself.

Jan 13, 2015 1:33 | 0 replies

Nova747

Does the same apply for gigolos Hosh6? You don't sound like a caring person. Are you a caring person? Do you care what happens to others regardless how they got into that situation?

Jan 13, 2015 10:22 | 0 replies

Kgonyoh

please name a few

Jan 13, 2015 10:1 | 1 replies
Jan 13, 2015 10:5 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

examples! what abuse

Jan 13, 2015 10:18 | 2 replies

MommaC

Slavery that is now euphemistically called 'human trafficking'. Rape. Being beaten. Being infected with HIV, hep C and various other life threatening diseases. Police harassment. Being forcefully made to take drugs. ..... the list is long.

Jan 13, 2015 10:22 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

thank you now i know

Jan 13, 2015 10:58 | 0 replies

Nova747

being forced to have sex without a condom

Jan 13, 2015 10:24 | 0 replies

Home_wrecker

@MommaC, are you their pimp?

Jan 13, 2015 9:39 | 2 replies

MommaC

No, why? Are you looking for a new pimp?

Jan 13, 2015 9:38 | 5 replies

VENDALIOUS

LOL Nice one!

Jan 13, 2015 9:41 | 0 replies

Honeybadger

hehehe...dzia vhuya Sowetan. new pimp...she said she does only old men. no need for a pimp there.

Jan 13, 2015 9:43 | 1 replies

MommaC

I don't think she has the business acumen to charge for it.

Jan 13, 2015 9:48 | 0 replies

Dkok

shmoking today, heh Mommma?

Jan 13, 2015 9:49 | 0 replies

Home_wrecker

@mommac, LOL. Even if i did. I wouldnt want you to be my pimp.

Jan 13, 2015 9:55 | 2 replies

Kgonyoh

LoL why not?

Jan 13, 2015 10:2 | 0 replies

MommaC

Good. I have no interest in a career change

Jan 13, 2015 10:2 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

me if i was a pimp i would pimp them you know,but unfortunately im a good guy

Jan 13, 2015 10:19 | 0 replies

Bumboklaat

Kikiki! Ya MommaC!

Jan 13, 2015 9:59 | 0 replies

RobinX

Hoshie, my dear but belligerent friend, advocating regulating the industry is NOT the same as promoting it.

Jan 14, 2015 11:44 | 0 replies

Maduvula

agree, I can own a sex spaza, with 18beds match box kind of rooms, can charge R180/room, R100 for me, and R80 for the girl/client

Jan 13, 2015 9:45 | 1 replies

MommaC

Don't know that you could provide decent health care, security and living conditions for that amount

Jan 13, 2015 9:50 | 0 replies

Nova747

Maybe with policies in place there will be better monitoring on how they engage in sexual activities. I think the problem lies with the clients because they can force the ladies into doing whatever the client wants and however they want. If the lady is HIV positive and the client forces her not to use a condom, he is responsible for infecting himself, isn't he?

Jan 13, 2015 9:55 | 1 replies

MommaC

The problem is not the idiot who wishes to commit suicide slowly, the problem is who he then infects. He is doing the human gene pool a favour by dying - hopefully before having children. At least legalising it will give the prostiitutes a bit more protection and maybe make it a bit more likely that they will have the power to insist.

Jan 13, 2015 10:1 | 1 replies

Dkok

mostly,they will stop operating in isolated areas where they can even get any help when they need it

Jan 13, 2015 11:7 | 1 replies

MommaC

That would be a wonderful thing. If nothing else, it would cut down on the number of prostitutes who are murdered every year

Jan 13, 2015 11:31 | 0 replies

speru5

@MommaC, I don't really support prostitution but truth be told...our fellow sisters are already involved in this industry and needs to be protected against the hungry vultures, this can really be a partial solution to HIV infections and will give organisations an opportunity to educate our girls and maybe assist them is some way or another.

Jan 13, 2015 10:28 | 1 replies

MommaC

That is my thinking too, Speru. This isn't exactly the dream job that little girls fantasise about. A large number of these girls are victims already. Making them criminals is just victimising them all over again.

Jan 13, 2015 10:32 | 0 replies

Hosh6

Luckily all the prozzies I bought insisted on using condoms. How can one insist on flesh with a prozzy knowing damn well that thing sleeps with different men each and every day? Only an infected person can do that. Now why do prozzies agree to sex without condoms? Simple they are already infected finish and klaar.

Jan 13, 2015 9:35 | 2 replies

s.cold

HEY WENA BHARI,,,SOME OF THEM THEY ONLY WORK AT NIGHT DURING THE DAY BAYA ATTENDA,SOME ARE MARRIED YOU WILL NOT EVEN TELL GORE KELEMAGOSH6,,LESSON HERE USE I CONDOM ALL THE TIME,,,,,,EVEN THE LADIES THAT WE ALWAYS FCK AFTER BUYING HER A LUNCH,ALCOHOL OR A RANGE HANDBAG THEY ARE AS GOOD AS AMOBAGOSHA6 BUT THEY DONT PARADE ON THE STREETS,,DO YOU GET ME @MAGOSH6

Jan 13, 2015 9:45 | 1 replies

Hosh6

What you are saying is contradicting your earlier post, so I don't get you.

Jan 13, 2015 9:52 | 1 replies

s.cold

IM TEACHING YOU,,NEVERMIND ABOUT ME,,,NGINGUMAKOYA,,INSIMBI KAYIGOBI ANGIKHATHALELWE KUTHENJWA

Jan 13, 2015 9:55 | 0 replies

oldlady12

Hosh6, aaaaahhhh, now I underatand why you are against legalisding it.

Jan 13, 2015 10:16 | 1 replies

Hosh6

Lol what do you mean tannie?

Jan 13, 2015 10:32 | 1 replies

oldlady12

Hosh6, you use their services, so you wouldn't want them to be protected by law.

Jan 13, 2015 11:3 | 2 replies

Nova747

Touched a nerve there I see, Oldie...Hmmmm

Jan 13, 2015 11:20 | 0 replies

Hosh6

Ai tannie you are confusing me. Why would I not want them to be protected by law?

Jan 13, 2015 12:41 | 1 replies

Nova747

...so that you can do whatever you want with them, even the things the law would have stopped you to do, e.g. demand sex without a condom

Jan 13, 2015 1:53 | 0 replies

Sugarfree

Im glad I never touched one, and im intending to stay that way.

Jan 13, 2015 9:38 | 2 replies

Honeybadger

you have touched many without knowing it. plenty.

Jan 13, 2015 9:41 | 1 replies

Sugarfree

No, I only bang girls I know. no strangers baba

Jan 13, 2015 9:45 | 0 replies

s.cold

Sugarfree Im glad I never touched one, and im intending to stay that way. ----------------------------------------------------------------------MEANING YOU NEVER TOUCHED YOUR SISTER EVEN YOUR MOTHER HHAY HHAY IMPOSIBLE LOLO!!!!

Jan 13, 2015 10:5 | 1 replies

Sugarfree

Hahaha kabathengisi mos

Jan 13, 2015 10:7 | 1 replies

s.cold

LOLO!!!!JUST KIDDING MY FRIEND LOLO!!!!!

Jan 13, 2015 10:10 | 1 replies

Nova747

WHO ON EARTH IS LOLO?????????????????????????????????????????????????

Jan 13, 2015 10:25 | 1 replies

s.cold

LAUGH OUT LOUD IN ZULU MAN!!!!!EISH!!!

Jan 13, 2015 10:30 | 3 replies

Popeye

laugh out loud in Zulu....aikona s.cold

Jan 13, 2015 10:53 | 0 replies

oldlady12

s.cold, that would mos be LOLZ?

Jan 13, 2015 11:3 | 1 replies

s.cold

PRACTICALLY WHEN YOU ARE LAUGHING

Jan 13, 2015 1:52 | 1 replies

Hutton

hai hai hai sbanda, you are very creative I must say.. hehehehe

Jan 13, 2015 2:16 | 2 replies

s.cold

TRUE MY BROTHER,IN WHITE PEOPLES SCARY MOVIES ALL THEM GHOSTS WOULD LAUGH LIKE"""""""HA HA HA HA HA HA HA(hall echo in the background)IN OUR MOVIES,BLACKS SCARY MOVIES THEY WOULD BE LIKE """"""HHO HHO HHO HHO HHO""""(hall echo nomoya wezipoki)BUT WHEN LISTENING CAREFULLY THEY LAUGH IN VENECULAR LOLO!!!!

Jan 13, 2015 2:24 | 1 replies

Nova747

You crazy...iLOL!

Jan 13, 2015 2:46 | 0 replies

Nova747

No Hutton, the proper way to laugh in isiZulu is: iLOL!! comprende? iLOL!

Jan 13, 2015 2:44 | 0 replies

Nova747

Heeeheeee!!! Now I've heard everything! Shouldn't it be iLOL rather? LOL

Jan 13, 2015 11:22 | 2 replies
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Maduvula

in Kemptonpark Noordrand St, you see old white guys in big SUV's picking them, think they are dirty for my liking, I don't know 'bout brothels but the once on the streets, even if I can stay 5days without sex I wont pick 1.

Jan 13, 2015 9:38 | 1 replies

s.cold

BESIBABHEBHA E BUTTERWORTH ETHEKWINI BY THE TIME U@MAGOSH6 EBHIZI ON TOP OF YOU,A BIG MAN WILL COME OUT OF WADROBE OR UNDER THE BED AND TAKE OFF WITH YOUR TROUSER,,,,COS KUNE WALLET,PHONE ETC UZOPHUMA USUVEZE USUNAMATHANGA AMANCANE ASKING FOR HELP,,,IT IS VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR GIRLFRIEND,PARENTS AND SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS GORE WHAT WENT DOWN

Jan 13, 2015 9:49 | 2 replies

Nongoma

S.Cold kudala ubahlaba labantu phela e Butterworth ngazi kahle Baba belihamba ngempela ibhulukwe...m sure naku Victoria Embarkment bewubangena lol

Jan 14, 2015 9:13 | 0 replies
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