1 out of every 10 men in Africa pay for sex, according to new study

1 out of every 10 men in Africa pay for sex, according to new study

A study has shown that using the services of sex workers in Southern Africa have increased dramatically.

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Up to 1 in 10 sexually active men reported that they've paid for sex.

The population-based HIV prevalence survey was conducted by Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the McGill University in Canada.

These surveys were conducted in 35 countries and included 368,283 unique sexually active male respondents aged 15 to 54 years.

95% of the respondents were from Southern Africa.

While the use of a condom during paid sex has remained sub-optimal, at 68% over the last decade.

The study also found that men who paid for sex were 50% more likely to be living with HIV compared to other men.

The study was conducted over 20 years.

Some of the main findings include:

- Men living in urban areas were more likely than those in rural areas to report ever paying for sex, and younger men (15–24 years) were more likely to have paid for sex in the past 12 months.

- HIV prevalence was higher among men who ever paid for sex as compared to those who did not. They should be recognized as a priority population for HIV prevention.

- Without increased HIV prevention efforts among clients of sex workers, including improved access to HIV testing and condom use initiatives, female sex workers and their clients will continue to be at risk of HIV acquisition.


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