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Let me say first of all, that it is everyone’s/their own choice to get themselves tested or not. In the Netherlands, it is also not mandatory if you are a sex worker.

That was different in earlier times. When Napoleon came to power in the 19th century, a registration card was introduced for sex workers. They had to be tested twice a week and if they were found positive, a notation came. This took place until the early 20th century.

In the years that followed, there were still brothel owners who required sex workers to get tested. If they did not want to cooperate, they could look for another workplace.

In my 20-year career, I have seen the rooms in various clubs where previously (until the late 1990s) sex workers were required to be tested. And you also had to share the results with the manager. You can’t imagine this in today’s time, as we now have legislation around our privacy. Even though today it is not mandatory to get tested, my advice to sex workers is to do it.

Even if you always work safely with condoms. Something can always go wrong without you realizing it. Also, testing for sex workers is free and so is any treatment. Every 3 months, you can go to the GGD for testing.

In many workplaces, the GGD comes by once every 3 months to have you tested on location. They draw blood, you swab your intimate parts and throat yourself with a cotton swab, and within a few days, you get the results via text message. This is completely anonymous, so why not do it?

You make your money with your body, so you have to do regular maintenance on that too.



Meet Angel! The lady behind the blogs of Tour de Bon Ton. Angel worked in the industry for twenty years. In these blogs, she shares her experiences as a sex worker.

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