Sex clients should prove HIV sta­tus

The Mercury - - NEWS - ROBERT NICOLAI

HEALTH Min­is­ter Dr Aaron Mot­soaledi de­serves com­men­da­tion for ad­vis­ing sex work­ers to ask clients for proof of be­ing HIV-neg­a­tive, as, let’s face it, con­doms are at best only 98.5% ef­fec­tive as con­tra­cep­tion and about 95% safe at pro­tec­tion against HIV!

I would like to point out that un­less a re­li­able and se­cure HIV test­ing fa­cil­ity is es­tab­lished, men will ob­vi­ously lie to get what they are after, but this is just one side of a very dan­ger­ous equa­tion.

Pros­ti­tutes should also have to pro­vide proof that they are HIV-neg­a­tive to male clients as, truth be told, they work in one of the great­est HIV-risk en­vi­ron­ments in the world.

If the costs of es­tab­lish­ing safe test­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties are ex­tremely ex­pen­sive, is the sim­pler so­lu­tion not just to ban sex work while such an un­avoid­able risk ex­ists? These safety costs could make sex work un­eco­nom­i­cal if the in­dus­try pays for its own up­keep, which it should, right?

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