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

FOXNews.com

Friday, May 08, 2009
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. (Reuters)

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."

That means NIH researchers will have as many as 730 nights on the town for careful observation and interaction.

"To that end, the study seeks to describe the relative contribution of physical characteristics of the place" -- social scientists call this the "vibe" -- and other factors like "patron characteristics" and "social dynamics" that can lead to risky behavior when mixed with a few parts alcohol.

NIH officials say the study is doing valuable work to address high HIV infection rates among homosexual men in Argentina, and that plans developed there could be translated for use in the United States and elsewhere.

Researchers plan to interview dozens of bar patrons and proprietors to help develop the on-site intervention programs -- and they mean to be exact.

"Venue patrons will also undergo a brief quantitative assessment to gather descriptive data on sexual behavior and substance use among this sample," the study's abstract reads.

In layman's terms, that means they're asking drinkers to keep tabs on their quaffs and their quarry; fortunately for their more modest subjects, it's not a qualitative test too.

Because the study is promoting venue-based prevention programs, researchers will have to be exact about the bars they visit in the city of 13 million, taking special care to describe the them "in terms of their physical characteristics, alcohol availability, patron characteristics and sexual behavior that occurs in the venue."

An NIH official said that funds approved for the project include $275,000 for direct costs and an additional $125,000 in indirect costs, but would not elaborate. Though FOXNews.com could not confirm the median price of cervezas in Buenos Aires, that should leave a lot of money for tips.

gypsy


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

I see this started while Bush was president~~ excerpt taken from your post

SSC


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Guess Obama isn't smart enough to call a halt to this kind of wasted money...

gypsy


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maybe we should give him time, since he was left with a full plate!!

SSC


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Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh..grapes and hog smell are more important

gypsy


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well maybe it is~ I can think of more important things, than and old bush funded study on gay~~ I think he is handling them, as most important first~ as I said he (Obama) is Methodical and very intelligent he doesn't impulsively jump into things as the last president did.

SSC


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ohh yeahh right Gyp, that is why he keeps changing his mind on some of his decisions or promises...guess candidates will promise anything to get the vote then back up when they get in office, he is just another typical politician who will screw you any way he can.

gypsy


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no, he is trying to do the right thing, protecting the troops and being certain things are delt wit in the right manner, he is being as transparent as he possibly can he as all presidents have to listen and learn from his congress and advisers~

I am glad to see him change his mind after thinking on it more~ if it represents what is good for our country *We The People* I firmly believe in that ..

yes I believe all politicians do that, they get into office and find it isn;t that easy to do what they want or pledged~ name me one president that stood by what he said in campaign?

SSC


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Is he doing the right thing or being infulenced by others and weakly changing his stance ?

gypsy


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no one knows that, I don't believe he is being influenced, just looking at both sides~~ he wants to do right, he does not want to go down as failing~ i think he is trying very hard to salvage/save our country and bring it back to prosperity~

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