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Male sex workers ages 16 to 35 completed an interview that included the CES-D to assess depressive symptoms and the BAI to assess anxiety symptoms, as well as questions assessing drug and sexual risk practices. A majority of participants reported depressive symptomatology although fewer report symptoms of anxiety. Risky sexual and drug use practices predicted both types of symptoms. Mental distress is associated with drug and sexual risk among male sex workers. The most common mental disorders worldwide are mood and anxiety disorders World Health Organization, , and when these disorders go undetected and thus untreated, they impose substantial economic and social costs in both the developed and developing world Candalis and Pollack, ; Hu, Some types of mental disorders, notably depression and anxiety, have been shown to contribute to sexual risk behaviors in vulnerable Western populations, including men who have sex with men MSM Parsons et al.
Similar findings have been seen in developing countries. This latter finding is notable as the stigma associated with sex work is associated with symptoms of both depression and anxiety among men who have sex with men Hatzenbuehler et al. This stigma limits health-seeking behavior Liu, et al. While there is growing attention to health disparities among MSM, research on the mental health characteristics of sex worker populations in non-industrialized countries is limited.
Most of what has been done, in both industrialized and non-industrialized countries alike, has focused on adult female sex workers and data on male sex worker populations is especially lacking. For example, research in China has shown high rates of depressive symptoms in female sex workers Gu, et al. However, research on male sex workers has focused mostly on stigma Morrison et al. A more recent study by this same group showed that social support was a protective factor for depressive symptoms Yan et al.
A study conducted in a small U. Vietnam is a country in which MSM in general, and male sex workers in particular, are vulnerable to both acquiring and transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Homosexuality remains highly stigmatized Berry et al. Male sex work is also increasingly seen in drug injecting populations in Vietnam Clatts et al.