These are prerequisites for the provision of HIV services for MSM as well as other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
As a result, South Africa has the potential to provide a leading role in the improvement of HIV service provision for MSM throughout sub-Saharan Africa.11 HIV prevalence among sex workers varies between 34% and 69% depending on the geographical area.12 13 14 In 2010, sex work accounted for an estimated 19.8% of all new HIV infections in South Africa.15 Female sex workers (FSW) are particularly affected with studies suggesting that HIV prevalence among this group ranges from 40% to 88%, significantly higher than among women in the general population (14.4%).16 17 Young female sex workers under 25 in particular carry a heavy HIV burden, highlighting the need for focused interventions for sex workers from an early age.18 Sex workers in South Africa face high levels of stigma and discrimination and are restricted by the laws under which they have to work.
Moreover, many sex workers also inject drugs, exacerbating their vulnerability to HIV infection.19 Educational organisations have reported difficulties in delivering HIV prevention services to sex workers due to ongoing police harassment.
The police officer raped me, then the second one, after that the third one did it again.
I was crying after the three left without saying anything. He let me out by the back gate without my property.
I was so scared that my family would find out." In light of these issues, in 2016, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched South Africa's National Sex Worker HIV Plan, 2016-2019 that aims to ensure equitable access to health and legal services for sex workers in the country.22 Data on HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs (PWID) in South Africa is very limited and where it does exists, is based on small sample sizes.
In 2012, an estimated 16.2% of PWID in South Africa were living with HIV.
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South Africa has the biggest and most high profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 6.3 million people living with HIV in 2013.
In the same year, there were 330,000 new infections while 200,000 South Africans died from AIDS-related illnesses.1 South Africa has the largest antiretroviral treatment programme globally and these efforts have been largely financed from its own domestic resources.
The country now invests more than billion annually to run its HIV and AIDS programmes.2 However, HIV prevalence remains high (19.1%) among the general population, although it varies markedly between regions.3 For example, HIV prevalence is almost 40% Kwazulu Natal compared with 18% in Northern Cape and Western Cape.4 South Africa's National Strategic Plan 2012-2016 identifies a number of key affected populations that are at risk of HIV transmission.5 HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa is an estimated 9.9% with roughly 9.2% of all new HIV infections among this group. For example, one study reported an HIV prevalence of 43.6% among MSM in Johannesburg and Durban.6 By contrast, 10% of self-identified MSM from urban areas in Western Cape are reportedly living with HIV.7 Many MSM still face high levels of social stigma and homophobic violence due to traditional and conservative attitudes.