More NIH waste of your tax dollars
From Fox News
NIH Spends $178,000 to Study Why Prostitutes in Thailand Have High HIV Risk
The federal government is spending $178,000 to better understand why drug-abusing prostitutes in Thailand are at greater risk for HIV infection, an endeavor taxpayer watchdogs are calling a huge waste of American taxpayers’ money.
The National Institutes of Health study, “Substance Use and HIV Risk among Thai Women,” is looking at the interplay of personal and cultural factors that put Thai prostitutes at special risk.
But women aren’t its only target. The two-year project, made possible by a grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, is also studying kathoey, the transgender prostitutes who are widely accepted in Thailand because of the “karmic idea in Buddhism,” and who have especially high HIV infection rates, according to the study’s abstract.
Researchers plan to interview 60 sex workers — 36 women and 24 kathoey — to understand the factors that make the prostitutes susceptible to HIV, including economic pressure, sex-change operations, their heavy use of drugs and a Buddhist fatalism that keeps them feeling resigned to their fate.
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