According to the medical authorities, this is a psychological issue rather than a medical one, as none of the men tested had HIV or any other related illness.
An interesting reference was made that the symptoms experienced may be the result of the guilt associated with visiting a prostitute.
Its an interesting hypothesis which I don't necesserily buy, but the news article did trigger off memories for me of an association between Chinese women and Prostitution that I had been subjected to, unfortunately on too many ocassions, when I first started dating my wife.
Many years ago when I first started dating my wife, I have been on the wrong end of sarcastic and sometimes jokular wisecracks about the nature of my relationship.
These comments, which were at first a nuisance but later became a real irritation, included things like:
- Did you pick her up from the brothel?
- How much does it cost you for a happy ending? (aparently a term for paid sex)
- How much does she cost per hour?
.............well, you get the picture.
These comments came exclusively from male colleagues, including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.
What I was not aware of at the time, but I learned the hard way, was that the Chinese had earned a reputation for monopolising prostitution, at least in Sydney.
After I became quite annoyned by one comment, my colleague, by way of explanation, showed me the personal ads section of the local community newspaper, and it seemed that up to 90% of all the ads for prostitutes were for "Asians" or "Chinese".
Not quite the reputation one would be proud of.
Now given my line of work, I have come into contact with prostitutes from time to time, due to their addictions. I have never however knowingly come into contact with a Chinese prostitute, and certainly not in my line of work.
So I suspect that unlike Australian-born prostitutes who live that life primarily because of their drug addiction, Chinese born prostitutes see it merely as a business, just another way of making money.
Now given my conservative Protestant upbringing, I don't know which is worse, but my heart tells me that at least a drug addict has no real control over their life.