Practical Solutions for Keeping HIV/AIDS Off the Job Site
What does HIV/AIDS have to do with road construction?
- The concentration of men (single and married) living away from their families at road construction sites
- Often the forms of entertainment available to workers on-site involve alcohol, gambling and sex
- The extent of the demand for sex work this generates is such that some brothel owners are known to follow different construction companies from one site to another
Transport construction projects can significantly increase the number and frequency of men buying sex, and this is a key factor in determining the extent of HIV spread.
HIV Prevalence Prior to and Post Construction or Improvement of Transport Corridors
|Highway Routes||HIV Prevalence Before||HIV Prevalence After|
|Myanmar, 1997||Injecting drug users HIV+, 1996||Injecting drug users HIV+, 1998|
|China, 1996||# of HIV+ cases, 1995||# of HIV+ cases, 1998|
|Viet Nam, 1998||# of HIV+ cumulative cases, 1997||# of HIV+ cumulative cases, 1998|
|Ho Chi Min City||>1,000||>1,000|
Facts and figures
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