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Moscow Times Examines Russia’s First Full-Service Health Center for Sex Workers
Moscow Times on Monday examined Simona -- Russia's first full-service health center, which provides free medical, legal and psychological services to commercial sex workers. The health center -- which is located in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia -- is "breaking new ground" in the country's fight against HIV/AIDS and aims to provide no-cost HIV tests and HIV prevention education to sex workers, the Times reports. Physicians at the clinic "work not as they would with regular patients, but rather with an eye toward encouraging safer behavior," Yulia Kuznetsova -- an administrator at AIDS Infoshare, which oversees the clinic -- said. Simona since its opening at the beginning of the year has seen 150 people who have visited 252 times and has distributed more than 11,800 condoms, according to the Times. Tatarstan's government has provided the clinic with its facilities, physicians and no-cost tests for sexually transmitted infections, the Times reports (Lebedev, Moscow Times, 8/21).
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