Panic rises in Greece as 25 prostitutes test positive for HIV
The scandal of prostitutes testing positive for HIV continues to create panic in Greece, as the number of women confirmed as HIV positive rises to 25.
The number of prostitutes testing positive for HIV continues to rise on a daily basis as the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) carries out tests to detect the condition. Greek authorities continue to publish photographs of the infected women, whilst charging them with intentionally inflicting gross bodily harm.
Clients concerned they may have contracted the virus by having unprotected sex with infected prostitutes are inundating KEELPNO's hot line in their hundreds, Ekathimerini reports.
Digital Journal reported the case of 22-year-old RussianTatiana Bukhtoyarova in April. She was the first illegal prostitute to be named with identifying photographs published in the Greek press.
Since she was charged a total of a further 24 prostitutes from eastern Europe and Greece and have been identified, named and charged. The latest woman to be charged was Romanian. Many of the illegal prostitutes have been smuggled into Greece from eastern Europe and the Balkans by traffickers.
Activists have protested the treatment meted out to the prostitutes. According to the Khaleej Times activists said "They must be treated like patients, not criminals" as they complained "The clients are the criminals and it’s the women who are jailed."
The Greek Health Ministry has stated that the clients of the prostitutes are 50 percent responsible for the spread of HIV and urged that their photographs too should be released.