HIV cases are increasing in the Central Queensland region, partly due to an increase in the number of sex workers servicing mining communities.
HIV cases are increasing in the Central Queensland region, partly due to an increase in the number of sex workers servicing mining communities.

HIV on the increase in region with influx of sex workers

GLADSTONE GP Superclinic director John Bird says the rising numbers of HIV cases in the region are a cause of concern.

"(There is) a new case of AIDS each week in Central Queensland, which is a real increase, in the instance of AIDS," he said.

Dr Bird said the issues was connected to fly-in fly-out sex industry workers.

"There's a certain element of sexual activity that goes along with FIFO, which is pretty dangerous," he said.

"I think that's part of the scene - chicks and drugs.

"This is a fairly new phenomenon. I gather it is mainly coming out of Emerald."