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Commercial sex workers launch safe sex campaign

06 September 2014, 17:01 Joseph Njung'eh

Thika - A group of commercial sex workers in Thika town have launched a sensitization campaign to educate public on benefits of safe sex.

They are conducting the campaign within Thika sub-County and its environs in conjunction with Aphia Plus Kamili NGO.

The group, under the auspice of Kamenu Community Based Organization, is targeting to distribute over 72 000 male and female condoms to highly populated areas in the area including slums.

Speaking during a campaign stop-over at Thika town Bus Park, the group’s chairlady, Esther Mueni, said the HIV/AIDs prevalence rate was high in the region and cannot be ignored.

Thika town happens to be one of the cities with high population of commercial sex workers.

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The number has been increasing owing to the numerous higher education institutions cropping up in the area and unemployment amongst women living in slums.

An Aphia Plus Kamili official stated that there are about 19 000 commercial sex workers in Thika town and other urban centres within its vicinity.

He added that there were over 4 000 gays and lesbians, making it necessary to urgently address the need for safe sex.

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The official said there was a worrying trend amongst the youth as they were more scared of getting pregnant than of contracting HIV/AIDs as indicated by the large numbers of youth buying contraceptive pills.

He said contraceptives were some of the fastest-selling drugs in pharmacies within Thika town.

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