For the first fifteen years after the first cases of AIDS were recorded in Haiti, women involved in commercial sex have shown themselves indifferent towards the repercussions of the epidemic. With time progressing and the spread of the virus causing HIV/AIDS accelerating, prostitutes now feel more and more concerned.
“I could not believe for a moment that AIDS really exists, up to the day that one of my friends was hit by the scourge of the century,” Katia Juste said, who considers herself a nomad and now lives in Gonaives, the main city of the Department of Artibonite located 171 kilometers North of Port-au-Prince.
Katia, who accepted to talk frankly, is 23 years old. She is already mother of two children without knowledge of the father’s whereabouts. “Already when I was 17, I had affairs with many men simultaneously,” she confided laughing. From one hotel to another, she traveled to all the big cities of Haiti in those years, always looking for the best affairs.
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