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Study Looks at HIV Risk Among Male Clients of Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico

July 13, 2009

"A large percentage" of U.S. and Mexican men who regularly engage in sexual activity with sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico, do not use condoms and have a history of substance and alcohol use, according to a study published in the online journal AIDS, the Los Angeles Times' blog "L.A. Now" reports. The study, by researchers from Mexico and the University of California-San Diego, surveyed 400 men -- both Mexico and U.S. residents -- and found that half of the men had unprotected sex with a female sex worker within the last four months. Researchers noted that although Tijuana authorities require that sex workers be registered and tested regularly for HIV, "only about half of [sex workers] have registered or been tested," according to the blog. Thomas Patterson of the UC-San Diego's department of psychiatry and the Veterans Affairs health center, said the findings indicate a need for an educational campaign targeting men who frequent sex workers (Perry, 7/11).

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