Medical examinations conducted on more than 100 prostitutes by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) in the past two days has shown 12 sex workers to be HIV-infected, President of KEELPNO, Jenny Kremastinou, confirmed to Vima radio.
In a statement today to SKAI radio by a doctor of KEELPNO, Evangelos Liapis, that the center has intensified AIDS tests for prostitutes in central Athens, Omonia, adding that the majority of sex workers do not have access to health care as they are working illegally.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that in recent years have seen an increased incidence of HIV / AIDS.
The increase in medical examinations intesified after Greek Police (EL.AS) on Sunday took the unprecedented decision to announce the name and photograph of a 22-year-old woman who allegedly worked as a prostitute and was HIV positive.
According to reports, the woman, a Russian national, was arrested in an illegal brothel in the centre of the city.
A press release by police said that the publication of her name and photograph aims to protect public health, combat instances of HIV-infected individuals.
According to Ms. Kremastinou, KEELPNO has received over 1,000 calls, mostly from young men.
Minister Loverdos, noted that “Unfortunately my predictions were confirmed. I had warned that AIDS is dramatically increasing in our country and a part of the problem is located in illegal immigration and illegal prostitution,” Kathimerini reported.
The Minister pointed out that KEELPNO will continue its HIV examnations,“There will be no brothel unchecked during the next days,” he announced.