Commercial sex workers in Eritrea
'Keep your promise' is the header of a safe sex advertisement
of the Eritrean Health Authorities shown on billboards throughout Eritrea. Despite a socially conservative tradition, Eritrea has broken social taboos concerning discussing sexual activities and made HIV/AIDS prevention a priority topic.
'Keep your promise' Assab Eritrea. Source: www.asmera.nl.
Condoms are now placed in dresser drawers in most hotel rooms in Eritrea and the government has placed billboards prominently throughout the countryside promoting condom use.
Although the level of HIV infectivity is low in Eritrea (0.8%
in 2009 as compared to 2.0% for Ethiopia and 17,8% for South Africa), it is higher within the
group of commercial sex workers (up to 20%). Although prostitutions is not
a respected profession in Eritrea, the Eritrean commercial sex workers are generally trained
to use condoms and have a regular check-ups (the tests are free and the results confidential).
Make sure you are equipped with reliable condoms (ask for abu
selama) if you plan to
have high risk sex adventures
'Use condoms before every sexual intercourse' Adi Keih
Eritrea. Source: www.asmera.nl.
Many of the girls operate from bars and dancings in the Asmara
Expo Grounds. Night clubs and trendy bars are another option for hot nights. In
the Massawa port district the women may attract your attention with a more
direct invitation "Hello, do you want to fuck?"