Money, drugs, and bodies: Examining exchange sex from multiple perspectives

Naomi Braine, Sluytman van Laurens, Caroline Acker, Sam Friedman, Don C. Desjarlais

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Research on men who sell sex has primarily focused on psychological profiles and HIV risk factors. Substantially less literature examines the consumers in the male-to-male exchange sex dyad. This article examines the perspectives of venders and consumers. Data come from a qualitative study of a group of 26 men who recently ex-changed sex for money or drugs in New York City. Findings indicate that a complex set of interactions between motivation, communication, medium of exchange, and access to capital-financial, drug, or sexual-shapes risks. This article includes discussion of the potential implications of these findings for practitioners, and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-485
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Drug use
  • Exchange sex
  • Internet
  • MSM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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