KQED Examines L.A. County Health Officials' Efforts to Reduce High-Risk Sexual Behavior at Bathhouses, Sex Clubs
June 7, 2004
KQED's "California Report" on Thursday examined Los Angeles County Department of Health Services officials' consideration of methods to reduce high-risk sexual behavior at gay bathhouses and sex clubs (Cohen, "The California Report," KQED, 6/3). A motion approved in February by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors had required the county Department of Health Services and other workers by May 15 to recommend improvements for prevention programs and guidelines for how the county and cities can coordinate licensing and permit distribution for the clubs. The motion cited a 2002 study that found 11% of men at two Los Angeles area bathhouses tested HIV-positive, compared with 5% of men who had been tested at a public clinic or community-based testing center (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/5). Health department officials are scheduled this week to present to the county Board of Supervisors recommendations on how to address the issue, KQED reports ("California Report," KQED, 6/3).
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