According the centre’s Senior Nurse Thapelo Phomane, the facility offers services to key populations that include sex workers, men who have sex with other men (MSM), truck drivers and the community at large.
She said they currently provide essential health services to about 102 sex workers, 16 MSM and 56 active patients who are on PrEP and one lesbian.
Other services that they provide, she indicated include STI screening and treatment, tuberculosis screening and treatment, Prep and PEP, cervical cancer screening and social behaviour change and communication.
They also provide outreach services, which are mainly conducted in areas where they easily find key populations like in taverns, social gatherings and hotels.
These outreach services according to Nurse Phomane are often offered during weekends, month-ends and on some busy Friday nights.
Although they work hard to reduce the HIV infection rate, she said there are several challenges that they encounter and the main one is lack of funds to continue activities.
The other challenge she said is the high defaulter rate because most of their clients who are on treatment are highly mobile and often go to South Africa.
“Some of them stay in South Africa for long periods of time and it is not easy to monitor them. Others just decide to default for reasons known only to them, as a result, this makes our work a little difficult,” she also said.