Aids preventive medicine to be available in Red Light district

BACKaidsKolkata’s Sonagachi, one of Asia’s largest red light districts, is to receive HIV preventive medicines for its sex workers in what will be the first such initiative in the country.

A feasibility project recently received clearance from the National AIDS Control Organisation and Union Health Ministry and is likely to begin in December.

Under the project ‘Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP) regular medicine will be given to an HIV negative sex worker who engages sexually with an HIV-positive person. The medicine allegedly can prevent sex workers from the HIV infection, according to the Principal of the NGO Sonagachi Research and Training Institute, who said they have already started a survey of HIV-positive and HIV-negative sex workers in Sonagachi.

The project is to be financed by the Melinda Gates Foundation.