Sex workers who test HIV-positive will be offered antiretroviral therapy.
Sex workers who are HIV-negative will be offered antiretroviral medicines to prevent HIV infection—pre-exposure prophylaxis (Pr EP)—in combination with other HIV prevention services.
STAFF REPORTER Although it is frowned upon in many parts of the world, there are certain countries such as the Netherlands and New Zealand that support and even promote sex work as a profession.
South Africa, however, has debated whether prostitution should be legalised for over a decade.
These services will be made available through a combination of peer educators, community-driven outreach and referrals, and specialized clinics, as well as through primary health-care clinics, with training for all health workers.
The plan includes making HIV testing available and accessible for sex workers.
The crime rate has decreased in New Zealand since they legalised prostitution.
Countries that have legalised prostitution have experienced different results.Generally, only minor sentences are given, such as community service or a fine.If the sex worker is caught again, he or she can go to jail.Bougard believes that prostitution will be legalised within the next five years, but will South Africans be able to change their views about sex workers if prostitution is legalised?GENEVA, 11 March 2016—UNAIDS welcomes the roll-out of South Africa’s National Sex Worker HIV Plan, 2016–2019.
An official decision on the matter has not been made by the South African government for several reasons.