Sunday, 27 September 2009

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Asian migrant women at risk

Women from Asia migrating to the Arab states for work are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. 

According to the findings of a UNAIDS report, ‘HIV Vulnerabilities of Migrant Women: from Asia to the Arab States’, up to 80% of migrants from Sri Lanka and the Philippines to the Arab States are women. The report describes the toll that migration imposes on emigrating women, particularly low-skilled ones who are lured by job prospects.

"Although migration itself is not a risk factor to HIV infection, the conditions under which some workers migrate and their living conditions in the host countries make them highly vulnerable to HIV," says JVR Prasada Rao, regional director of UNAIDS in Asia and the Pacific. "In many cases, HIV testing in both countries of origin and host countries breaches migrants' rights - testing is undertaken without consent, counselling, confidentiality or support," he says

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