Transactional intercourse between MSM sex workers, women in Kenya may be frequent

Published: March 1, 2010

Transactional intercourse between MSM sex workers, women in Kenya may be frequent

More than half of male sex workers in Mombasa, Kenya who predominantly have male clients may also be having intercourse with women, according to findings presented at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco.

Adrian Smith, MSc, of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, said that as many as 59% of men who have sex with men sex workers may have regular transactional encounters with one or more female partners. “This fundamentally changes ideas on the directionality of sex work,” he said.

The aim of the study was to determine the nature of interactions between the HIV epidemics among MSM and heterosexual populations in Africa.

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