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Angela says she is used to discrimination and abuse. Her only dream in life is to get out of Albania and go somewhere where she might be accepted. <br />
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As she sets off to walk the streets for a few hours until the policeman goes away, she is approached by an old man. This potential customer is a safe bet for Angela. Other, younger men sometimes pick up trans-sexual sex workers just so that they can take them away and beat them up - with fists, with knives, with sticks.<br />
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Then again, HIV rates in Tirana are highest among men who have sex with men, so perhaps the old man isn't such a safe bet after all.<br />
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Albania's HIV epidemic is concentrated among injecting drug users and other high-risk groups, but has the potential to spread into the rest of the population. The NGO Stop AIDS, supported by UNICEF, offers information and health services to heroin addicts in the capital Tirana to reduce their chances of becoming infected.

Angela says she is used to discrimination and abuse. Her only dream in life is to get out of Albania and go somewhere where she might be accepted.

As she sets off to walk the streets for a few hours until the policeman goes away, she is approached by an old man. This potential customer is a safe bet for Angela. Other, younger men sometimes pick up trans-sexual sex workers just so that they can take them away and beat them up - with fists, with knives, with sticks.

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