U.S. Government Funds $400,000 Study on Gay Sex in Argentina Bars

Glenn Beck made a comment about this story on his show a few days ago.  Don’t quote me but he said something like, “hey, I’m an alcoholic, and if gay guys are drinking too much in some bar in Argentina they’ll probably engage in risky behavior….”

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From Fox News

The National Institutes of Health are paying researchers to cruise bars in Buenos Aires to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk — and what can be done about it.
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Government researchers are spending more than $400,000 in taxpayer money to hit the bars in Argentina.

The National Institutes of Health are paying researchers to cruise six bars in Buenos Aires to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk — and just what can be done about it.

Doctors and specialists from the New York Psychiatric Institute are using the generous grant from NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to help tailor HIV prevention programs to work at bars and clubs.

Though public health officials say that HIV/AIDS rates are higher in Washington, D.C., than in some parts of West Africa, U.S. government funds are going to help curb dangerous liaisons in Argentina’s capital.

The study began in September 2008, according to an online abstract, and has already cost taxpayers $198,776, NIH documents show.

“Targeting public venues in Buenos Aires where men meet, alcohol is consumed and sexual behavior occurs,” the project’s overview explains, “the goal of this 2-year exploratory study is to understand the various factors that contribute to the creation of a high risk sexual space.”

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/0
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