Sex workers in Bangladesh help fight HIV

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In partnership with NGOs, media and civil society, a total of 309 drop-in centers, 61 voluntary counseling testing centers and 98 blood transfusion centers for HIV screening in hospitals are in operation.

The NGOs mainly concentrate on high-risk groups such as 110,581 known men who have sex with men, 74,300 female sex workers and 8,882 transgenders.

The government admits that it needs more HIV testing and counseling centres. Dr Sarwar says, “HTC provisions should be such that all people who want to know their HIV status can access these centres.” (Inter-Press Service)