Staff Reporter

KARIMNAGAR: The sex workers of Karimnagar district have broken the silence and come on to one platform in Karimnagar town and celebrated the International Sex Workers’ Rights Day on Monday with much pomp and gaiety.

The sex workers participated in cultural programmes on importance of prevention of HIV\AIDS and also pledged to transform Karimnagar into AIDS-free district.

Under the banner of Karimnagar Mahila Maitri Sangham, Rural Education and Community Health (REACH), Self-employed Welfare Society (SEWS) and Grama Nava Nirman Samithi (GNNS) voluntary organisations, in collaboration with the International HIV\AIDS Alliance, conducted the event at Kala Bharathi. The organisers said that since 2001, the March 3 was observed as International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.Additional DMHO Dr. Samuel Sukumar said that the government was planning to open more STD (sexually transmitted diseases) clinics in all hospitals to check the spread of AIDS.