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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Health Department is trying to locate a prostitute who tested positive for HIV.

Health Director Pam Walker is not releasing a description or even the gender of the HIV positive prostitute. Walker does say there were two prostitutes here who tested positive for HIV in the past year. One has been placed in a program to get treatment and get off the street, but the missing one has not been seen by case workers.

The person may have left town, Walker says, but she says it’s another reason to stay away from prostitutes in the city.

“You’re not only being exposed to that person, you’re being exposed to the people who they have previously been exposed to,” she said.

Walker says Health Department caseworkers routinely go to the strolls and offer to test prostitutes for diseases. In addition to the two HIV cases, Walker says six-to-ten percent have tested positive for other STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

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