Commercial sex workers in Zvishavane are playing an active role in reducing sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) after laying out a vision which seeks to ensure no new infections are recorded by 2030.

This came out during the Center for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS research clinic held at Chiedza Hall in Zvishavane recently.

Apart from being exposed to STIs, the commercial sex workers have to contend with machete-wielding small-scale miners who, besides threatening them and refusing to pay for services, rendered remain their biggest cash cow.

However, an initiative which has resulted in a vision dubbed 90 by 90 by 90 has seen them playing an active role in reducing STIs with peer educators confirming that commercial sex workers are coming in large numbers to access treatment and counselling.

The sad reality though is that, access to counselling and treatment is just but one step towards solving their problems with the fear of machete-wielding small-scale miners the next big challenge.