January 11, 2011
Young sex workers in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, are seeing a spike in HIV infections as a general wariness of condom use continues. Even if they were keen about it, the teens typically have little leverage to negotiate protection against HIV, say advocates.
"I have a steady client and we have since ceased using condoms," "Tasha" explained about her arrangement with one customer. "What use is [a condom] anyway? If I insist on condoms he will simply look for someone else to spend his money on," she said, echoing many other sex workers interviewed.
"If you are concerned about HIV/AIDS, you stay home," said a worker who called herself "Beyonce." Carrying condoms in her purse would be "un-ladylike," she added. "Imagine if my mother found condoms in my purse."
Inter Press Service
01.06.2011; Ignatius Banda
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