Research-to-Action

Outreach project linked to high rates of drug treatment among street-based sex workers

The Westender
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Street-based prostitutes working in Vancouver's isolated areas are more likely to seek addiction treatment if they receive frontline support from other sex workers, a new study has found.

Women who encounter the Mobile Access Project (MAP), a specially equipped van driven by former and current sex workers, are four times more likely to enter detox or seek addiction counselling than those who have not. That's the finding of a study conducted by researchers at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the University of British Columbia, recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.