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Lahore : Pakistan | Jan 27, 2011 at 3:11 AM PST
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Indian programme officer G. Shilpa poses with a female condom at an awareness camp for sex workers

For the first time female Pakistani sex workers have been given a chance to talk about the difficulties of protecting themselves from HIV aids, at a national meeting in the city of Karachi.

Although Pakistan is a low-prevalence country there are fears that a concentrated epidemic among injecting drug users could spread to female sex workers and other high-risk groups such as men who have sex with men.

Less than a quarter of the 4,639 female sex workers surveyed reported using condoms consistently and 10 percent had sex with an injecting drug user in the past six months.Illiterate sex workers were much less likely to use condoms than those with some level of education.

National Consultation on HIV and Sex Work organised by the National AIDS Control Programme and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Karachi, sought to improve HIV programming targeted at sex workers by consulting them

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Ali Qureshi is based in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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