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RSS FeedsSex workers lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19
(WorldNews Africa)


4 july 2020 12:21:08

Sex workers lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19
(WorldNews Africa)

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV. The lockdown in Rwanda has kept many of her customers away, she said, so she has less money to buy food. And when she doesn`t eat, the antiviral drugs she takes for HIV can bring on pain, weakness and nausea, or even make her pass out. “Yet it`s equally dangerous when you don`t take the drug,” Mignonne said in an interview. “You will die.” Similar challenges exist elsewhere in Africa, which has the world`s highest burden of HIV. Studies have shown that food insecurity is a barrier to taking the drugs...

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