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Prostitutes accept money for unprotected sex

07 April 2015, 18:36 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Sex workers in Uganda are offering unprotected sex at a higher price than protected sex to the shock of those fighting against the spread of HIV/Aids in the country.

Organizations working against the spread of HIV/AIDs in Uganda are concerned about sex workers, especially in central region's district of Mpigi where a study was recently carried.

''We carried out a research recently in Mpigi district and we were shocked to learn that sex workers do not fear contracting HIV/AIDS. They told us that they fear pregnancy more than the deadly disease,'' said Charles Mpuuga, who led the research team.

Mpuuga said that because the sex workers do not fear HIV/AIDS, the offer unprotected sex to their customers at a higher price than protected sex.

He said, ''The sex workers in Mpigi can offer protected sex at UGX 3 000 (equivalent of 1 US dollar) but if someone wants unprotected sex, he has to pay the girls around UGX 9 000 (equivalent of 3 US dollars).

He said it is because of such behavior that the HIV/AIDs prevalence in Uganda is on the rise. He said five years ago it was at 6.3 percent but now it is at 7.2 percent.

One of the sex workers who identified herself as Kawomera said, ''We fear pregnancies more than HIV/AIDs because we are aware that the disease takes time before it weakens the victims. After all, the government provides free ARVs.''

She said that some men pay them money for unprotected sex because they do not enjoy playing sex while wearing condoms.

Mpuuga said they are going to increase on their efforts in sensitizing the sex workers so they could stop engaging in unprotected sex.

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