RT-PCR tests for sex workers, including beach boys

The National STD/AIDS Control Programme plans to launch a special project soon to subject sex workers, including beach boys, to RT-PCR tests, as part of the government strategy to curb the highly contagious coronavirus.

Programme Director Dr. Rasanjalee Hettiarachchi, yesterday (8), told the Island Newspaper that they conducted awareness programmes to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, among the community, in addition to providing essential services to those who regularly received treatment from the clinics of the National STD/AIDS Control Programme.

Dr. Hettiarachchi said that RT-PCR tests would be conducted on sex workers, in Colombo, and Kalutara districts in the Western Province. Tests could also be extended to Gampaha, in the Western Province, depending on the requirement, the top health official said.

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