Mustang Ranch

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Brothel Paper During an “internship in family planning and human sexuality at Emory University that required her to develop a public health study” (p 5), Alexa Albert, decided to “investigate brothel prostitutes’ condom-use practices” (p 5). The fact that only one state, Nevada, allowed legalized prostitution was an incentive for Alexa. There were growing concerns of AIDS in the United States and the fact that “Nevada licensed brothel prostitution, with specific ordinances established to safeguard the health and safety of the public” (p 4) was an appealing factor for her to do her research study. Part of the ordinance required all licensed brothel prostitutes to use latex condoms for all sexual activity and mandatory testing “for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV” (p 4) were required of all the women. Alexa wanted to focus on the latex condoms since “hard data on the efficacy of condom use in preventing HIV infection was scarce, and the issue was complicated by the very real problem of condom slippage and breakage” (p 5). Her focus on the Nevada brothels made since, because the women working in the brothels had multiple sex partners yet there were no reports of HIV transmission within this community. By staying at the Mustang Ranch and talking to the prostitutes she managed acceptance from a community where non-working women in the field was normally not tolerated. By collecting the prostitutes used condoms she was on her way in analyzing data for her study. Although the initial purpose of her study was condom use, she spent so much time with the women of Mustang Ranch that she started looking…...

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