World Cup in South Africa poses potential for public health risks and reforms

By Allyn Gaestel

16 January 2010 [MediaGlobal]: South Africa will be hosting the 2010 World Cup this summer, and as the country prepares for an influx of tourism, sex worker advocates and public health groups are mobilizing for new health policies. HIV and AIDS pose as significant health risk to South Africans and tourists. The country has one of the highest HIV rates in the world at 18.1 percent. A coalition formed between the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and South Africa’s Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT) is working to decriminalize sex work during the tournament, with the potential of extending legal reform beyond the tournament into a long-term national strategy…Read full article