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According to CNS News, the U.S. taxpayer-funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) is making headlines today after researchers revealed tentative results from a program studying STD rates among male prostitutes in Mexico.
The study, known as, Conditional Economic Incentives to Reduce HIV Risks: A Pilot in Mexico, has cost American taxpayers $398,213 so far. It began in June of 2011 and is set to end in May of 2014.
The program gives hundreds of Mexican male prostitutes access to condoms and “safe sex” seminars. If the men report back to NIH officials over the course of 6 months, then 12 months without any new STDs or infections, they’re given monetary rewards.
Thus, U.S. tax dollars are being used to convince Mexican prostitutes to have “safe sex” with male and female clients in order to test the possible impact of condom use on contracting STDs and infections.