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HIV Project Conakry

Sex worker Touré at a brothel in Conakry, Guinea on March 19, 2016. MSF works in collaboration with partner Fraternité Médicale Guinea (FMG), an NGO that has developed strong ties in the community of sex workers. The NGO's work involves visits to sites of sex workers and counselling and referrals to medical centres in cases of health problems MSF launched a HIV testing campaign with FMG to reach this key population group. The program was undertaken in Conakry with the support of health authorities moving throughout several neighbourhoods throughout 2016.

"I've been working here for five years, I started working here because I had no other way of making a living. I decided to get involved in the awareness program because it's important to be aware of HIV and AIDS and it allowed me to pass on this message to the other women that I work with. There are women who come to me desperate because they are HIV positive. I can tel them that AIDS does not kill and that there is treatment these days. They are relieved when I tell them this. In general the community has a negative image of HIV, because I was trained I can give people the right information in the prevention of contracting HIV. My work is difficult, at the moment there is an economic crisis so there are not many clients. It's hard to make a living. It's high risk, we are victims of violence when clients become aggressive. I think it's important to continue with these campaigns and continue development in these types of programs."

Despite countries in West and Central Africa having a relatively low HIV prevalence (

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Sex worker Touré at a brothel in Conakry, Guinea on March 19, 2016. MSF works in collaboration with partner Fraternité Médicale Guinea (FMG), an NGO that has developed strong ties in the community of sex workers. The NGO's work involves visits to sites of sex workers and counselling and referrals to medical centres in cases of health problems MSF launched a HIV testing campaign with FMG to reach this key population group. The program was undertaken in Conakry with the support of health authorities moving throughout several neighbourhoods throughout 2016. <br />
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"I've been working here for five years, I started working here because I had no other way of making a living. I decided to get involved in the awareness program because it's important to be aware of HIV and AIDS and it allowed me to pass on this message to the other women that I work with. There are women who come to me desperate because they are HIV positive. I can tel them that AIDS does not kill and that there is treatment these days. They are relieved when I tell them this. In general the community has a negative image of HIV, because I was trained I can give people the right information in the prevention of contracting HIV. My work is difficult, at the moment there is an economic crisis so there are not many clients. It's hard to make a living. It's high risk, we are victims of violence when clients become aggressive. I think it's important to continue with these campaigns and continue development in these types of programs."<br />
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Despite countries in West and Central Africa having a relatively low HIV prevalence (