BONELA, Sisonke respond on sex workers and ARVs

Speaking out; Keremi
Speaking out; Keremi

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) and Sisonke Association of Botswana wishes to express their views on an article by the Monitor dated 06 May 2015 titled “ARV for all sex workers” which covered a public statement from the honourable Minister of Health, Dorcas Makgatho.

It is commendable from the contents to note that the ministry is including key populations in its HIV/AIDS programming.

In the stated article, it is reported that Honorable Minister of Health, Dorcas Makgatho, spoke about providing ARV treatment to all sex workers despite their viral load as a preventive attempt to try and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. She recognised and acknowledged sex workers as key populations who also needed protection.  She said that her ministry is ready to make a paradigm shift from curative to preventative health care beginning with primary health care.

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