A Chiredzi-based anti-HIV s_x workers peer educators group is urging its members not to have permanent boyfriends in a bid to prevent new infections.
A group peer educator under the National Aids Council and Ceshaar sponsored programme, Constance Mada, who is popularly known as Tete Mada in the town said:
We … discourage the idea of having a permanent boyfriend because at the end, there are high risks of the partners getting used to each other and ending up having unprotected s_x.
We also encourage the s_x workers to get tested for HIV and how to deal with rogue clients as some of them end up being raped and robbed.
The group claims to have registered 1 148 s_x workers who meet every Wednesday sharing information on the profession.
Mada said the major challenge they face is that of young girls who don’t want to listen to advice thinking that the group is after their clients.
The young pr_stitutes come from areas such as Chikombedzi, Save, Maripati and Jerere districts.