Male and female prostitutes in Mombasa on Thursday teamed up before taking to the streets to issue the government with fresh demands.
They have threatened to halt their 'business' if the government fails to address the ongoing shortage of the anti-retroviral drug, describing the drug as their life
According to them, the shortage of ARVs being experienced across the country has put them at a greater risk of contracting HIV.
They also noted that others who are already sick with the virus are at risk of death if the government delays solving the ARVs problem.
The prostitutes noted so many of them are HIV positive and the drugs were helping them to suppress the virus to a level of not infecting their customers.
However, with the limited supply of the drug, suppressing the virus is no longer an option for them, which is increasing their chances of spreading the virus.
Courtesy photo from Citizen
This is the second time prostitutes in Mombasa are taking to the streets since the year started. A few months ago, prostitutes in the Nyali sub-county took to the streets and demanded security.
They blamed Nyumba Kumi heads for allegedly abusing them and charging them a fee of about Sh200 per client they serve.
On ARVs, the ministry revealed that the standoff that led to the delayed release of the drug from the Port of Mombasa had been resolved, and indication soon the drug will be made available.
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