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Ugandan sex workers post highest HIV rates


A new study asserts that female sex workers in Uganda have one of the highest infection rates among female sex workers in the world. Advocates debate decriminalization of sex work versus rehabilitation as the best strategy to prevent unsafe sex and to increase access to health care services. Meanwhile, the government and police are cracking down on brothels as regional powers consider expanding care and protection for people living with HIV and AIDS.

KAMPALA, Uganda (GPI)--Nisha is a commercial sex worker in Kabalagala, a neighborhood outside Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

Nisha, whose last name is withheld to protect her safety, says sex work enables her to support herself without an education.

“I did not go far in school, and yet I have a good life from this,” she says.

She stays in the business of sex work because she says the returns are higher than other jobs. She charges her clients between 100,000 Ugandan shillings ($40) and 300,000 shillings ($110).

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Information in this article was accurate in December 13, 2012. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.