Patrick Henderson 2 p.m., May 30
U.S. Federal program spent $2.44 million for UCSD study on prostitute use in Tijuana
Ongoing project intends to help with HIV prevention on Mexico border
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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