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HIV-positive Thai prostitute in Tainan had about 100 clients: police

2018/04/18 19:16:18

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Taipei, April 18 (CNA) A sex worker in Tainan who had at least 100 clients over the past two weeks has tested positive for HIV, the city's Public Health Bureau reported Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Thai woman, who is in Taiwan on a visitor's visa, was picked up at a hotel by police after one of her clients got into a fight with a man posing as police officer and trying to extort money from clients, according to Tainan police.

The Thai woman arrived in Taiwan in early April and was offering sex services in Taoyuan, Taichung and Tainan, charging NT$2,800 (about US$95) each time, the police said.

She has visited Taiwan five times since October last year, working at hotels and obtaining seven to eight clients a day, according to the police.

During her stay in Tainan, the woman may have served about 100 customers, the police said.

After she was picked up by Tainan police, she was tested and found to be HIV positive, police said, adding they asked her to provide them with a list of her clients.

The Tainan health bureau, meanwhile has advised that anyone in the city who had procured sex services since last October should get tested for HIV within three months of contact and repeat the test again three months later.

Free, anonymous HIV and syphilis tests are available at public health centers and clinics around Taiwan, the bureau said.

It was the second case this month of a Thai prostitute in Taiwan testing positive for HIV.

A 24-year-old woman from Thailand who entered Taiwan on March 11 on a visitor's visa and was arrested in Taitung County on April 2 for engaging in sex work and was recently confirmed to be infected with HIV.

The most recent known case of HIV among Taiwanese sex workers was in July 2017, when a 60-year-old woman in Taipei's Wanhua District was confirmed with the disease, according to the Kunming branch of Taipei City Hospital. It was the first such case in three years, the hospital said.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)