A statistic to emerge from a poll was that 15 per cent of the men sampled had visited a prostitute. This figure may be conservative. It relies strongly on the willingness of participants to disclose intimate details. Some samples, for example, have suggested as many as 40 per cent of the male population have visited or will visit a prostitute at some point in their life.
Research reported in the Sexually Transmitted Infections journal in Britain, December 2005 suggests 1 in nearly every 10 men have had sex with a prostitute.
The profile of people who visit prostitutes is that most users are between the ages of 35 and 44 years of age and male (maybe 1 per cent of females use prostitute services).
There seems little doubt that the legality or tolerance of a society has an effect on whether people seek out healthcare advice in relation to sexual health. In Britain although prostitution is not actually illegal it is surrounded by activities that are, such as soliciting for custom. Scotland is looking at introducing tolerance zones to legitimize red light districts. In Europe, countries such as Holland have legitimized prostitution. This, they believe, has led to positive health safeguards for both the prostitute and his or her clients.
In countries and States where the government sanctions prostitutes selling their services sex workers are required to attend clinics on a regular basis to check for evidence of sexually transmitted diseases. When diseases are found treatment will be given so that they are not passed on. This all helps to minimize the dangers of catching unwanted disease, some of which are more easily treated than others.
Anyone can catch a sexually transmitted disease if they have unprotected sex with someone who is infected. Whether a sex worker or a user, the safe sex message applies equally.
Warning signs of a sexually transmitted disease(STD)
Warning signs of a sexually transmitted disease(STD include;
Remember. Some infections show no particular warning signs and symptoms. You will only know you have caught an STD by getting a check-up. Some symptoms appear and then go away - dont ignore them. Ignoring symptoms, even if they go away, does not mean the infection has subsided. If left unchecked serious health problems may result. Consult a doctor. Genito-urinary special clinics offer confidential advice and treatment.