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With the growth of any urban centre and natural resource extraction comes prostitution. In Timika, with a population growing by 10% every year, 600 prostitutes are officially registered. Most HIV outreach programs are focussing on prostitutes, following the national HIV program. Although attention to prostitutes and their clients is essential, it does not match the real needs. Among prostitutes working in semi-official brothels and massage parlours, almost all of whom are migrants from other Indonesian islands, HIV awareness and access to condoms are relatively good. However, street prostitutes, mainly indigenous Papuans, have access neither to condoms, nor do they have much awareness about the virus.
- Carole Reckinger
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- Positive is Negative: HIV/AIDS in Papua