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The AIDS Prevention Programme is to create a new Facebook page to carry out a survey on sex workers in the country aimed at containing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, its Director Dr. Sisira Liyanage said.

He said although sex workers earlier operated from fixed locations and it was easier to assess their movements, with the advent of latest technology and communication means they also do not operate from fixed locations and it had become difficult to conduct a survey on them for health and medical purposes.

He said therefore they needed to tap internet resources to have an accurate survey. He said they hoped to survey the male sex workers as well.

A survey conducted in 2010 had put the number of sex workers operating in the country at 35,000 and 40,000, he said.

Dr. Liyanage said they widely used several mobile phone numbers, Facebook and other social media networks to contact clients at present.

He said the need for an accurate survey of the number of sex workers was essential due to the increase in the number of AIDS case reported. He said that there are 1950 AIDS patients in the country and of them 71 were children below 10 years of age who had contracted the disease through there mothers.

He also said it had been revealed that 64 AIDS patients were between the ages of 15 and 20. He said that AIDS was more prevalent in tourist areas. He said that they had conducted about 1.2 million AIDS test and expects to increase the tests to about Rs. 2 million. (Indika Sri Aravinda)

  Comments - 7

  • Siripala Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:09 PM

    He said, he said, he said

    Mm Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:50 PM

    Why not start by driving down Horton place and pick up the women pacing up and down every evening ????? The cops also know these frequent prostitutes and do nothing

    Don Don Thursday, 28 August 2014 02:57 PM

    Legalize prostitution, introduce a broad sex education system, encourage people to marry at early 20s.

    mount Thursday, 28 August 2014 10:27 PM

    Request to submit MC at airport before enter land. And close all Spa. Also open a REDLIGHT area connect with casino.

    Tom Friday, 29 August 2014 07:35 AM

    Spa workers hands are trnsmitting other customers. .. If the razor also unsafe...How we can believe there hands are cleand... Pls. educate them or close those places.. via DM Android App

    Rajarathnam Friday, 29 August 2014 02:32 AM

    Legalize and restrict one confined area like (RED LIGHT AREA)
    in other countries. you can supervise educate people and the workers get income. You can reduce rape and sex assaults at grater extend. what is the point of talking culture tradition, value etc. if same is violated secretly but with more danger.

    Lana Friday, 29 August 2014 05:05 AM

    Legalize prostitution and abortion. Then you will find the hidden truth behind the scene. When a client visit a brothel take his ID information and give him a tax bill. Charge tax from these sex addicts!

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