Over 8,000 Sex Workers in Cebu City Test Positive for STDs

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Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) in Cebu City tested positive for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in 2010. The majority of the CSWs, or Guest Relation Officers as they are also referred to in the Philippines, worked in nightclubs and bars. The Sun Star Cebu reports that the City Health Department showed that of the 42,353 men and women it examined at the Social Hygiene Clinic last year, 20 percent or 8,471 were  tested positive for various STDS.

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The Sun Star article states that about 4,061 females and 107 males were examined but found to have non-specific infections, while 1,187 women had bacterial vaginosis. At least 177 females and 72 males were afflicted with gonorrhea and the rest suffered from trichomoniasis, genital warts, herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B and parasites, among others. All their clients were treated right after they were found to have STDs.

From January to the third of week of March this year, at least 14 persons with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) were recorded. One person with Aids died last month. Last year, the City Health Department reported more than 80 persons with HIV in the first quarter alone.

So be faithful to your partner and otherwise keep that thing zipped up. Condoms cannot protect against STDs that are spread through skin-to-skin contact, such as genital warts and herpes.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

20 thoughts on “Over 8,000 Sex Workers in Cebu City Test Positive for STDs

    1. No offense to anyone living in Cebu City, but from what I see online it looks to be a leading place in the Philippines for this sort of thing. Never had anyone approach me during the two visits I made to Cebu,though. Found it to be a great place to visit with a lot of pleasant people.

  1. It is true…..when you have enjoyment with a working girl……..you also come in contact with all the other customers she has had………and all the diseases that the other customers give her……kind of like picking up allready chewed gum off the sidewalk……and putting in your mouth

  2. Yep Dave….I quess one has better chances of staying alive and healthy by just sipping on a Red Horse and just day dream in the shade and for get the working girls, and probably after one is over 75 its just a dream any way.

    1. I’ll try to post some new videos soon, Gary. You’re a wise man. Wouldn’t want to pick up some remnants of used chewing gum that Ralph in Iraq commented on earlier!

  3. You know it’s just a sad way things work out. The first thing is you try to make a living the best way you can, than the dangers that come with the job.I feel sorry for the whole lot of them.It won’t stop whats going on, but it will slow things down a little bit. With STD’s and the AID’s viris, we need to step back and look at the big picture…..JC

    1. It is a extremely hard way to make a living, JC. I’m surely not going to judge anyone as I know the extreme conditions many Filipinas endure. I wish they would just pursue another line of work, but there are very limited options in the Philippines.

      1. Agree with you Dave. Their shelf life is very, very short. I believe 25 years is classed as old in that “trade”. Sad thing is, they do get paid more if they agree to no condom. Beats me why anyone would “dip their wick” without a condom! It’s like Ralph in Iraq says; it’s like picking up someone’s chewed and discarded chewing gum and putting it in your mouths!

        1. Twenty-five and out, huh, Christine? I feel for those girls, but can’t understand why they would risk their health or lives and not even insist on using a condom. But if they’re paid more for not having the guy use one, I guess that so many are in such desperate straits that they would agree to that. Really, really sad.

  4. I agree with JC, they used to be just called bar girls. Now the goverment has found a way to make money from them by calling them GRO’s weak,weak. This is probable the only job they can find to support their self’s when people with 4 years of college can’t even find work.

    1. I agree with him, too, George. And when they do have a college degree sometimes they can only find a job scooping ice cream at a McDonald’s kiosk like some young lady I met at SM City in Iloilo. Sad, sad, sad.

  5. Really, John? I got the picture from Flickr, but the photo does have a website which I didn’t check out. Might be more details. Don’t think the ladies in the picture were necessarily from Cebu.

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