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The Second Phase of HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in Bulgaria Targets Sex Workers

The second phase of this program, launched this year, supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, builds on the success achieved in the first phase, in 2003-2005. Nine local NGOs are being supported for running the activities with sex workers, one of the main target groups of the program. Safer sex and injection materials, especially adapted health educational materials and counseling are offered on the field. Six mobile medical units (including the vehicles and staff) that offer voluntary counseling and testing, medical check-ups and STIs treatment were provided in the framework of the program. All the services are confidential, anonymous, voluntary and free of charge.

This project is another example showing a very important, positive change, in the position of the Bulgarian government and authorities towards working among sex workers.

Contact person: Anastas Mihaylov
E-mail: prohealth@hesed.bg  
Website: www.hesed.bg