HIV Project Conakry
Sex worker Aicha sits on a bed 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.
"My family died in the war in Ivory Coast so I came here two years ago. I have family in Guinea because my mother is Guinean. I am a dancer and singer but to survive I started this work. It's been one year since I started working in prostitution. I can survive now with this work. I have two children, one daughter is 7 and one is 5 years old. It's my big sister that helps me to take care of the children. I thought the awareness program and the testing is a good thing, I had my test and had a result of negative which made me happy."
Despite countries in West and Central Africa having a relatively low HIV prevalence (
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