Research-to-Action

Outreach makes the difference to sex workers' health

The Thunderbird
Sunday, December 6, 2015

New University of British Columbia research shows Vancouver sex workers who have contact with street nurses and mobile outreach initiatives are more likely to use healthcare services.

Those outreach organizations know it's more difficult for sex workers to access healthcare - mainly because of stigma - so they work with them to navigate the system.

"Outreach continues to be an important way to connect and support sex workers, particularly where it's peer-led outreach," said Dr. Kate Shannon, one of the study's authors and director of the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.