Activists: Better to regulate NYC bathhouses than shut them down

02/19/2008 | NYTimes.com

As New York City considers whether to shut down bathhouses and sex clubs or impose stricter rules for them, activists say keeping them open gives them a better chance of educating their patrons about HIV/AIDS prevention. "If you close down these sex clubs, it just drives this activity underground," said Sean Cahill, a managing director of the Gay Men's Health Crisis. "By knowing where these places are, we can go in and engage people and move them in healthier directions."

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