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NGO: Male sex workers at high risk of spreading STIs

  • Luh De Suryani

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 4 2008   /  11:34 am

Hundred of "cats", a local term for bisexual male sex workers in Bali, pose a high risk of spreading HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and must have themselves checked to prevent a further outbreak, a foundation says. As many as 360 cats have received education on HIV/AIDS and STIs as of 2006, according to spokespersons from HIV/AIDS focused Gaya Dewata Foundation (YGD), but their unchecked number remains a high risk for the spread of STIs. "They are a high risk in respect to HIV infections and other STIs because they switch partners between both men and women," said Vivi, the director of YGD. The sex workers further increase the risk of transmitting HIV and other STIs because the group tends to move around a lot. "They are very mobile, although they still belong to the same network. They do this to make it ha...