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Who'll foot health bill for prostitutes?

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Who'll foot health bill for prostitutes?

A stated incentive for decriminalising prostitution in Negril is greater safety and increased health checks for prostitutes.

I just wonder whether ordinary non-prostitute citizens would be comfortable with the health-care system being burdened with running monthly tests for syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HPV and HIV on women who, by definition, are engaged in high-risk sexual activity nightly.

The cost to the health-care sector would be enormous as these tests are expensive and would need to be done monthly. Would testing prostitutes for STIs get priority over caring for diabetics, hypertensives and those with heart disease??

I cannot think of any private health insurers who would provide health insurance to a woman who has sex with 10 to a dozen men every night. The premiums would just not be affordable for prostitutes.

So it is all well and good to wish prostitutes well, but who is going to foot the bill?

Martha Brae