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U.S. Spent $550,496 on Study...To Learn About the Sex Lives of Truck Drivers
CNSNews.com ^ | July 1, 2010 | Adam Cassandra

Posted on 07/04/2010 8:06:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(CNSNews.com) - The federal government has spent $550,496 on a project that involved conducting “focus groups and in-depth interviews” with American long-haul truck drivers to learn about their sex lives in order to assess their risk of contracting HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.

The project has failed to find any instances of HIV among the truck drivers studied.

“Several international studies have documented substantial levels of sexual risk behaviors and high rates of STI and HIV amongst long-distance truck drivers living in diverse settings including India, Bangladesh, South Africa and Thailand,” says the abstract for the grant published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “In the United States, while it is known that STI and HIV cases are frequently concentrated around major transportation routes, less is known regarding specific HIV/STI risk behaviors and HIV/STI prevalence amongst the over 3 million truck drivers in this country.”

To gather information about the “risk behaviors” of truck drivers, the study proposed doing five things, starting with the focus groups and interviews: “1) To perform focus groups and in-depth interviews based on the constructs of the transtheoretical model with long-haul truck drivers to guide development of both a behavioral risk assessment instrument and an acceptable HIV/STI screening protocol for long-haul truckers; 2) To perform in-depth interviews with trucking industry executives to determine barriers to routine HIV/STI assessment and screening of their employees; 3) To adapt existing theory-based measures of behavioral risk based on focus group data from long-haul truck drivers so as to reflect the attitudes and culture of this understudied population; 4) To estimate the prevalence of key sexual risk behaviors and examine the predictors of those prevalence rates; and 5) To determine the prevalence of HIV, N. gonorrhoeae, and C. trachomatis, in long-haul truck drivers.”

The NIH Web pages for the grant do not say how much federal money was spent on the study, but NIH spokeswoman Charlotte Armstrong told CNSNews.com that $550,496 has been awarded for the research to date. The grant was made by the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of the NIH. The project began in September 2005 and is scheduled to end in August 2010.

“Overall, we have not found really significant numbers of STDs, and we haven’t found any HIV,” Dr. Laura Bachmann, the principal investigator on the project, told CNSNews.com. “Part of the issue is: I moved in the mean time, so that’s why it’s taking awhile to get it done.”

Dr. Bachmann began the research when she was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and is continuing the study in her current position as an associate professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, N.C.

The research is a “preliminary type study,” Dr. Bachmann said, designed to assess the risk level and prevalence of sexual infections through focus groups and in-depth interviews with truck drivers. Screening of truckers has been “episodic,” not ongoing and continuous, she said, and she and her research team have interviewed around 300 truckers since 2005.

The project was designed “to figure out what the level of risk was going on, and the prevalence of these different infections,” Dr. Bachmann told CNSNews.com.

“In terms of the prevalence of infections, we’re not seeing, as I mentioned, significant numbers of STDs or HIV, and so now the issue is: Do we need to change the sampling strategy because we’re not finding a lot of misbehavior or STDs in our small sample--which is opportunistic screening and kind of getting drivers as you encounter them?" said Dr. Bachmann. "So it may be that some other type of screening strategy or way to approach them would find a different population than what we have found.”

CNSNews.com asked Dr. Bachmann if the study was an appropriate use of taxpayer funds.

“I think that HIV and STDs are significant public health concerns, and there’s been data from, primarily, other countries, but many other countries--and then some domestic studies--that have suggested that it could be a significant problem,” she said.

“[T]hey’re infections that you can treat, and if you find out, even though you can’t cure HIV, if you find out about it early enough then you can prevent complications and then further transmission which is a public health threat,” she said.

“In addition, there’s a lot of other health issues that drivers face because the lifestyle’s difficult, and we also have described some of those even though it didn’t start out being the focus of the study when we met with the drivers, and they gave their input in how we did the screening protocol. They wanted general health checks. And so we did that,” she said.

She added: “I think it’s an important population for the economy of the United States, and then as well for safety on the roads. So I think there’s multiple things that can come out of this in terms of, even though we didn’t find the level of risk that we thought may be going on.”

“Once again I don’t know, I can’t say that the study settles that absolutely, but we also learned that we can work with trucking companies, that you can work with truck stops to access drivers, and that most drivers are willing to participate,” said Dr. Bachmann.

Dr. Bachmann pointed out that this was part of NIH’s “R34” program—or what the NIH calls on its Web site a “clinical trial planning grant.” “[S]o the point of it is to figure out which strategies work before you do a bigger study," she said.

When asked if she is planning to reapply for a new grant soon, Dr. Bachmann said, “Not right now.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aids; grant; hiv; napl; nih; nimh; sex; sexlives; stds; sti; study; thatsnotagearshift; truckdrivers; truckers
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1 posted on 07/04/2010 8:06:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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2 posted on 07/04/2010 8:10:07 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQAsWbg-Qi8


3 posted on 07/04/2010 8:10:30 PM PDT by digger48
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To: bamahead; Extremely Extreme Extremist; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; neverdem; metmom; ...

Wow, this gives the term “stimulous package” a whole new meaning.


4 posted on 07/04/2010 8:14:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

http://www.midnighttrucking.com/


5 posted on 07/04/2010 8:14:49 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Yes, this administration can't spend out money fast enough or foolishly. It typically involves sex and studying homosexuality and prostitutes in the U.S. or foreign countries. It's sick.
6 posted on 07/04/2010 8:15:27 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Stopped at a Truck Stop to eat lately? It’s no wonder the fat, old, truckers don’t have any sexually transmitted diseases. Who would have sex with them?


7 posted on 07/04/2010 8:15:47 PM PDT by no dems (Palin/Jindal in 2012 or Jindal/Christie in 2012. Either is fine with me.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My experience is that the young bucks new to the industry spend a lot of time with coin-operated beavers, but they either settle down or burn out.


8 posted on 07/04/2010 8:18:54 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Perhaps they should have focused on gay truck drivers instead.


9 posted on 07/04/2010 8:20:08 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: gitmo

A lot of husband and wife teams drive nowadays.


10 posted on 07/04/2010 8:21:14 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I'll bet the answers to their questionnaires were at least 2% accurate!
11 posted on 07/04/2010 8:22:55 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: nmh

The study began in 2005.


12 posted on 07/04/2010 8:23:18 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (70 mph shouldn't be a speed limit; it shoud be a mandate!)
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To: mylife

Yeah, my brother and his first wife drove as a team for years.


13 posted on 07/04/2010 8:23:44 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: gitmo

Its a great way to see the country if you dont mind working


14 posted on 07/04/2010 8:25:18 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: no dems

BTW some of them truck stops rock

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60259-d555234-Reviews-Rivers_Edge-Saukville_Wisconsin.html


15 posted on 07/04/2010 8:28:21 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: dalereed
"I'll bet the answers to their questionnaires were at least 2% accurate!"

If the people collecting the questionnaires were as competent as my census taker, they're still trying to get them completed.

16 posted on 07/04/2010 8:31:15 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ah yes,,, Lot Lizards..................don’t have an STD to call your own?.... no problem.....we can fix that!


17 posted on 07/04/2010 8:32:30 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv
U.S. Spent $550,496 on Study...To Learn About the Sex Lives of Truck Drivers

I DON'T. WANT. TO KNOW.

18 posted on 07/04/2010 8:35:11 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The difference between a fairy tale and a truck driver story:

A fairy tale begins, “Once upon a time . . .”

A truck driver story begins,”You ain’t gonna believe this sh** . . .”


19 posted on 07/04/2010 8:45:35 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Gee I could’ve found that out for a lot less money by just crusing the parking lot of ay large truckstop any night of the week and then asking the guy who supplies the machines in the men’s bathrooms how many tmes a month he has to refill it.


20 posted on 07/04/2010 8:49:19 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: nmh
It is sick, but Dud this study started in 2005, who approved it???
21 posted on 07/04/2010 9:04:24 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Good question!


22 posted on 07/04/2010 9:05:13 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: martin_fierro

I believe he is Canadian!


23 posted on 07/04/2010 9:05:43 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat
“The project began in September 2005 and is scheduled to end in August 2010. “

Well someone in the Mental Health Department wanted to look busy and relevant. Pork doesn't just go to the everyday sheeple ... I guess ... .

24 posted on 07/04/2010 9:06:52 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh
At one time in the so called higher education field it was you publish are you die. Today it's you apply for grants are else.
25 posted on 07/04/2010 9:13:12 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re spending even more here:
$1.44 Million [to study] the ‘Social Milieu’ of Male Prostitutes in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2543904/posts


26 posted on 07/04/2010 9:31:29 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: nmh
Yes, this administration can't spend out money fast enough or foolishly. It typically involves sex and studying homosexuality and prostitutes in the U.S. or foreign countries. It's sick.

Ahem...

The project began in September 2005 and is scheduled to end in August 2010.

Not saying that I disagree with you, but it's not just this administration.....
27 posted on 07/04/2010 9:33:57 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (There is no truth to the rumor that Ted Kennedy was buried at sea.....)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Well, let's look at it this way. People getting AIDS (or becoming HIV+ before attaining the full AIDS diagnosis) end up qualifying themselves for the drug regimen loosely referred to as the "AIDS Cocktail", provided by the taxpayer, in most cases. And that costs an average of $12K/patient/year. Just for the pharmaceuticals, let alone the testing. MD visits, other illnesses that happen to travel in concert with AIDS.

In the NYT last week was an article about how high risk populations were burning through funds that states have allocated for their medical insurance and care. A fellow in Fort Lauderdale was concerned about where he would get his drugs if Florida taps out its spending for the program. The NYT plays the violins and repeats this vignette in a number of states, all without calculating the cost to taxpayers. The fellow from Fort Lauderdale admitted he had been on the program for approximately 12 years (or $144,000). That's one person for 12 years.

So the cost of this fellow attaining HIV+ status is $12,000/year for drugs alone, for how many years he has to reach the "normal" life expectancy for a person who is HIV+.

It seems to me that research like this - if it leads to some insight that helps stop the creation of new cases like the fellow from Fort Lauderdale, may be pretty cost effective.

I realize it's galling thing to have to pay for the costs that irresponsible people offload on the taxpayer. It really shouldn't be that way. Given that it is, if research like this reduces the number of people who get in line for that program, I grudgingly say we should go for it. In a better world there would be stronger disincentives for people to effectively take risks with their lives and with other peoples money.

28 posted on 07/04/2010 9:35:11 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re still desperately trying to show that some group other than queers get and spread AIDS...


29 posted on 07/04/2010 9:47:25 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re still desperately trying to show that some group other than queers get and spread AIDS...


30 posted on 07/04/2010 9:47:25 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re still desperately trying to show that some group other than queers get and spread AIDS...


31 posted on 07/04/2010 9:47:29 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re still desperately trying to show that some group other than queers get and spread AIDS...


32 posted on 07/04/2010 9:47:38 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re still desperately trying to show that some group other than queers get and spread AIDS...


33 posted on 07/04/2010 9:47:38 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re still desperately trying to show that some group other than queers get and spread AIDS...


34 posted on 07/04/2010 9:47:38 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re still desperately trying to show that some group other than queers get and spread AIDS...


35 posted on 07/04/2010 9:47:40 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: martin_fierro; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; NYC GOP Chick; ...
*coughlotlizardscough*


36 posted on 07/04/2010 10:35:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TASMANIANRED
“Overall, we have not found really significant numbers of STDs, and we haven’t found any HIV,” Dr. Laura Bachmann, the principal investigator on the project, told CNSNews.com. “Part of the issue is: I moved in the mean time, so that’s why it’s taking awhile to get it done.”

Kinda tough to keep a CDL if you are getting rear-ended, or doing the 'rear ending'...

37 posted on 07/04/2010 10:46:13 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Does our Congress sit around just thinking up these ridiculous titles to bills or amendments hidden in bills when they are really putting the money into private slush funds stolen from the taxpayer to finance their own sorry butts?


38 posted on 07/04/2010 10:51:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Keep on truckin’...

Maybe they should spend money to study studies.


39 posted on 07/04/2010 10:56:55 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA

Some are married, some like hookers. Some are married and like hookers. There, I just did it for free.


40 posted on 07/05/2010 12:57:20 AM PDT by Impy (DROP. OUT. MARK. KIRK.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"...her current position as an associate professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, N.C."

My sister lives in Lake Forest in California. Whenever someone says "Wake Forest," I wonder if they have a speech impediment. Or here, a typing impediment.

41 posted on 07/05/2010 4:15:03 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Q: What does a community organizer do? A: Organize, not lead. -Mike Darancette)
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To: martin_fierro
"They call me 'Eighteen Wheeler'."

18 Wheeler

42 posted on 07/05/2010 6:20:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: TheOldLady

Thufferin’ thuccotash!


43 posted on 07/05/2010 9:59:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh Thlings! I didn’t know you had a lithp.

I tried to potht this to Thlingth and Arrowth, but it didn’t go through. Sorry.


44 posted on 07/05/2010 11:47:12 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Q: What does a community organizer do? A: Organize, not lead. -Mike Darancette)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I keep thinking back to that “COPS” segment in Albuquerque, with the truck driver who called to report his wallet stolen, you know, the guy in the tiger-stripe leotard, pantyhose and bad makeup, and I think...there are some things we’re better off not knowing.


45 posted on 07/05/2010 11:56:55 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: TheOldLady

Don’t you mean “thorry?”


46 posted on 07/05/2010 12:03:42 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yeth! Too quick on the potht button. Sorry!


47 posted on 07/05/2010 12:19:18 PM PDT by TheOldLady (Q: What does a community organizer do? A: Organize, not lead. -Mike Darancette)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh hell. Thorry!


48 posted on 07/05/2010 12:19:49 PM PDT by TheOldLady (Q: What does a community organizer do? A: Organize, not lead. -Mike Darancette)
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To: Redbob

Could you repeat that, please?


49 posted on 07/05/2010 1:57:21 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (70 mph shouldn't be a speed limit; it shoud be a mandate!)
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To: RichInOC

“I keep thinking back to that “COPS” segment in Albuquerque,....”
_________________________________________________

LOL! Every time someone brings that up I point out that it was clearly written on his truck door ‘Riverside, California’. ;)


50 posted on 07/05/2010 6:48:47 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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