HIV Project Conakry
Sex worker Diaby 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 was born in Conakry and have 3 children who are fourteen, eleven and nine years old. My husband died in He was a truck driver. I couldn't afford for my kids to go to school or general daily expenses so I started to work here. I worked as a hairdresser and through my clients started doing this. The work I do here is very hard because some of the clients who come here are violent in their manner of having sex with us. We see up to 25 clients per day, they pay 15,000 GFA (less than 2 euros). Before I had heard about HIV and AIDS at the hospital and on TV but it was only with the campaign that I was brave enough to be tested. I was made aware of the importance of using condoms to protect myself from contracting HIV. I have a boyfriend who every month makes us have the test together, he beat me so I would stop doing this work. He is married to someone else but doesn’t give me enough money to survive so I have to do this work also."
Despite countries in West and Central Africa having a relatively low HIV prevalence (
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