HIV negative sex workers find it hard to take ARVs
Despite being offered a daily pill to protect them from HIV, almost three-quarters of women sex workers had stopped taking the pills after a year. This is according to a study published in the PLoS journal last week, conducted by the TAPS Demonstration Study.The study tested almost 700 women, and says that the average woman was “married or had a steady partner, worked in brothels, and were born in Zimbabwe”.Almost half of the women tested were HIV positive, 341 women. Of these, 139 decided to go on ARVs. Around 60 percent of them were still on the medication after a year.