UNFPA, Local NGO Partner for HIV Education Efforts Aimed at Pakistani Sex Workers
January 7, 2009
The United Nations Population Fund is partnering with a local Pakistani nongovernmental organization in an effort to educate female commercial sex workers in the city of Karachi -- where thousands of such women are at high risk for contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through unprotected sex -- on prevention methods and condom use, IRIN/PlusNews reports. Mizra Alim Baig, president of the Gender and Reproductive Health Forum, said the organization has been able to distribute hundreds of UNFPA-provided condoms daily "in the hope that somewhere a life might be saved." Baig also said that it "used to be a thankless job" but that he is "happy" female commercial sex workers have the "tools and knowledge to better protect themselves against HIV/AIDS, STIs and hepatitis." The forum also utilizes a group of outreach workers that includes former sex workers. "These women know what these [female sex workers] are going through and can relate to them in a better way," Baig said.
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