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[WATCH] Why treating sex workers badly makes HIV spread

  • Female sex workers in South Africa have more than double the HIV infection rate of adult women in general. 
  • Transgender sex workers have an even higher chance of getting HIV — compared to non-transgender sex workers their risk of contracting the virus is 20X higher.
  • Health workers’ negative attitudes towards sex workers and the criminalisation of the profession are big reasons for high infection rates — because it makes it hard for workers to visit clinics or to report violent clients. 
  • This is the third video in our key population series. Key populations are groups of people who have a higher chance of getting HIV, often because of the way in which they’re treated by health workers and legislators. Watch the first and second videos.

  • Read the full script here

Dylan Bush was a health journalist at Bhekisisa from February 2016 to September 2023.

Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.