Nationwidechildren are infected. Men who have sex with men MSMtransgender women, sex workers and people who inject drugs PWID experience even higher rates: sex workers nationally The rate of infection among young women is 4 times greater than among same-age men.
Yet there is ground for hope. It now has a progressive national HIV policy for sex workers, although on the ground, the program meets resistance from local authorities.
Kempton Park is the working area for dozens of female sex workers. The park located in an outlying suburb of Johannesburg is known as one of the most dangerous places in the city. Nigerian gangs hang out here and the police come here only when they feel they must. They earn a lot less than their colleagues who rent permanent rooms in brothels and they have face with intimidation and violence almost daily.
Regular services including health care are far away. One day I had no money left. I spent 3 days and nights in the park with nothing to eat or drink. I thought I was going to die.
An old client saw me and gave me rand. With that I could buy something to eat and take the bus to the North Star Alliance clinic. Sister Rosina examined me. I had HIV. The second time I went to the clinic they gave me pills. I send them money I earn here.
Every year I go once to visit. Three years more. My daughter is 8 months old.
She lives with me. I do everything for her.
I know who the father is, but he has nothing to do with her. I take care of her. I save as much money as possible.
Every month a bit. I do this for my daughter. I want her to go to school and get a good job. She takes centre stage for a funny, crazy, weird, but very informative performance about the money they make with their work. For 50 rand put the thing in there… But no touching with your hands. For 70 rand you can touch our breasts… Watch out!
If they want to come in my mouth, they have to pay extra. No kiss, kiss, kiss.
Only if they love me and buy me a house, or a new dress, then they can kiss me. I take my pills every day.
You can see it on my skin. I have a cool skin. My skin still looks beautiful. I have two daughters.
One is 7 and one is 4. They live with my sister in Zimbabwe.
I want to work here for 2 years. Something with food, I think, or makeup. Frontrunners Lydia Mungherera.