New NSWP Member Resource Added: Addressing the Healthcare Needs of Sex Workers in NYC

Persist Health Project based in NYC has developed a useful guide for service providers seeking to shape their services to the needs of sex workers.

The health needs of sex workers are still largely unaddressed or unknown in many conventional health care settings. In New York City (NYC), where selling sex is illegal, sex workers have limited ability to safely and voluntarily receive health and social services. To best shape their vision for a clinic space and assess the current health access of sex workers in New York City, Persist Health Project (Persist) conducted a series of focus groups in the spring of 2013. They collected input on a range of topics including desired services, positive or negative experiences with health services, conceptions of ideal health care or health providers, as well as aspects of sex work that were not addressed by current services. The guide presents the findings of these focus groups and Persist’s corresponding commitments towards establishing a more sustainable and effective health service for sex workers in New York City.

You can view the full resource summary and download the PDF here.