Why won't male prostitutes in Boston wear condoms when having illegal sex with their customers? That is the question that the federal government is hoping to answer with U.S. tax dollars.
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a grant of nearly $254,000 to study why Bostonian male prostitutes would not wear condoms and how to convince them to do so while committing the illegal act of prostitution.
The study is being conducted by Dr. Matthew Mimiaga at the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston. The taxpayer-funded study will run from May 14 until April 30, 2015.
An earlier study of male prostitutes said 31 percent had HIV and 84 percent also had a regular male or female partner, whom they are intentionally putting at risk, which raises the overall risk of HIV/AIDS in the Boston area.
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According to CNSNews.com, a description of the study says it “will recruit a diverse cohort of MSM sex workers to complete an in-person comprehensive social, sexual and drug network, sexual risk, substance use and psychosocial assessment battery.”
The study’s goal is to create a "healthier work environment for male prostitutes in Boston by encouraging them to use condoms and seek HIV testing and treatment."
However, that "healthier work environment" is referring to a criminal act of prostitution.