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A research project, which is being conducted by the University of California San Diego, has amassed $2,440,150 in federal funds to research female sex workers and the men who visit them in Tijuana, Mexico. On July 1, CNSNews detailed the project, which first received funding in 2010. Since then, the project has received four large lump sums by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

According to the government website, the program is officially titled “Safer Sex Intervention for Male Clients of Female Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico”. The director of the program is listed as Thomas L. Patterson, a Psychology professor at UCSD.

During the project, researchers paid men $20 for interviews, which detailed their reason and habits when visiting prostitutes. Many of those interviewed cited deportation, drug abuse, and loneness for their actions. Many admitted to not using condoms.

The project information summary claims the underlining goal is to increase HIV prevention.

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aardvark July 2, 2013 @ 3:03 p.m.

More shovel-ready jobs. Another example of "stimulating" the economy.

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mridolf July 2, 2013 @ 9:08 p.m.

What the heck? So now the government is considering love as a drug? That is so 80's. Next we'll have a visit by the first lady saying she's just there for the sex? Oh man, the possible jokes are endless. Thank you so very much for this entertaining news. Does a Tijuana quickie even cost $20? Does any reader of The Reader remember the long article decades ago about all the transvestites working in Tijuana to get enough money for their sex change operations? The main gist of that article was that the best looking women in Tijuana weren't necessarily women. And it looks like the goal isn't to end prostitution, it's to make it 'safer'? Increase prevention? Oh man, I'm working in the wrong field.

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