Turkish Police Identify HIV-Positive Sex Worker on Television
January 15, 2004
Turkish police during a recent televised news conference identified a Ukrainian sex worker who tested HIV-positive after her arrest and encouraged all individuals who had had sexual contact with the woman to get tested for the disease, the Chicago Tribune reports. The woman, Oksana Topor, was arrested for solicitation in Erzurum, Turkey, and given a medical exam that included an HIV test. After learning her HIV status, Topor gave police a notebook that listed the times and dates of 1,300 sexual encounters she had during the three months that she was in Erzurum. However, the notebook did not include patrons' names. In the days following the news conference, approximately 800 men went to two local hospitals to be tested for HIV, according to the Tribune. Health authorities say that it will be months before it is known whether a large number of men were infected by having sex with Topor, but officials believe that "at least a fraction" will test HIV-positive. "None of these men has tested positive at this point, but that is not surprising," Dr. Selcuk Bozhalil, director of the Numune Hospital, which has tested 150 men, said, adding, "HIV transmission from a woman to a man is relatively difficult. And it is too soon to be seeing positive tests." Bozhalil said that the hospital has asked the men to return for repeat HIV testing every two months, adding that he believes many of the men will be retested "because they are scared." Bozhalil said, "Worst-case scenario: Months from now, we may see an infection rate of 10%. I hope not." Turkey's health ministry has recorded about 1,600 HIV/AIDS cases in the country, which has a population of 70 million, according to the Tribune.
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