HIV rates in nevada legal sex workers (brothels)
Jun 11, 1998
I heard about that legal sex workers in Nevada have
to undergo periodic medical exams. As one can not
diagnose STD's ahead of time they definitely can't
be considered HIV free and hence one should always
use condoms when having sex with them.
But do you have any stats on the HIV rates among
these sex workers.
Also, would a person be considered at any risk if
he had protected vaginal sex with one of the legal sex workers of nevada (just once) and the condom did not leak,break or fall. Should he get tested.
Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question. To date, none of the women working in Nevada's legal brothels has tested positive for HIV. For further information on HIV and STD screening in Nevada's legal brothels, see the posting Are registered prostitutes HIV free?.
We generally do not recommend HIV testing for persons at low risk of infection, since it would be highly unlikely that a low risk person would be infected in the first place. If a condom is used correctly, and it does not break or fall off, this would put you at low risk for HIV and other STDs. Having sex with a legal prostitute in Nevada (as opposed to an illegal prostitute) further reduces the low risk of infection. Ultimately, the decision to get tested rests with you.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
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