Popular and well-to-do figures in society are major clients of male pr0stitutes in Bulawayo and many insist on unprotected se_x, exposing themselves and their spouses to the risk of contracting diseases, a male pr0stitute has revealed.
The male se_x worker said due to competition for clients among male pr0stitutes, they sometimes withheld information on their HIV status to clients while some still insisted on unprotected se_x even after being told of the positive status. Some of the customers are married men.
“I get various clients of different classes hence I charge accordingly, some of the names I render services to would shock you. Popular and known figures, funny enough they are the same ones that want unprotected se_x despite my disclosure that I am HIV positive,” he said.
He said charges for service differed depending on class of the bar or person. Those picked from some city centre bar are charged $5, university students $10, scholars $5 or free, soccer players between $20 and $50 and businessmen on offer. He went on to say some preferred to go to his place especially students yet businessmen would book a lodge.
“Women are really threatened by us providing hom0sexual services. A lot of males are taking interest in gay se_x and are picking us males instead of females to try it out. Unfortunately the money we are making is still minimal and just enough to pay rent and buy food,” he said.
The male se_x worker said he was a member of a gay rights organisation and a peer educator in his area.
”I see no difference in a female pr0stitute and a male pr0stitute, we are all trying to make ends meet with our God given resource, being gay does not make it less different as we also now have quite a large number of clientele to service,” he said.
The gay men have weekly meetings where they share on challenges they face as se_x workers and gay people and attempt to solve each other’s challenges at the same time empowering each other on health matters.