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Bolivian sex workers hunger strike to support doctors

 ­Sex workers in the Bolivian city of El Alto declared a hunger strike on Saturday, demanding that authorities find a solution to a month-long doctors’ strike there. The Bolivian doctors’ public action has caused many hospitals in the country to close down. About a dozen male and female sex workers crowded in the lobby of a health center chanting: "Useless [Health] minister, we want a solution!" They claim their personal health is at risk as they have not received their weekly check-ups for several weeks. The law provides they receive obligatory weekly examinations at hospitals, free of charge. The protesters warn of a possible outbreak of STDs or HIV/AIDS if the situation continues.

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