TITLE

CLIENT PROFILE AND SEXUAL HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF COMMERCIAL SEX WORKERS ATTENDING A PROSTITUTE OUTREACH PROJECT (POW)

AUTHOR(S)
Griffiths, V.; Johnson, S.; McDonald, M.; Ahmed-Jushuf, I.
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Sexually Transmitted Infections;Jun2003 Supplement 1, Vol. 79, pA26
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Aim: To describe the client profile of those accessing POW. To demonstrate the potential of POW as a known GUM setting for STI screening of a high risk hard to reach client group. Introduction: There is close liaison between GUM and POW services, although no firm referral criterion to GUM was established for prostitutes. Pre 2001 approximately 100 POW clients attended GUM each year, range 63-108. Due to access pressures on GUM a sharp decrease in POW attendances (35 clients 2000/01) was observed. Method: An audit of POW clients' profile was undertaken for the duration of 01.09.00-01.09.02, and 98 clients (January-June 2001) were surveyed in order to obtain users views of GUM services. The results of the client profile audit and the needs assessment survey were analysed. Results: Age: 85% were over 20 years old; ethnicity: 83% Caucasian, 12% Black other, and 5% Black Caribbean; POW services accessed: sexual health 92%, welfare 14%, drugs 78%, and social support 95%; and type of sex work: 42% "Street Workers", 58% worked from a "Base". 96% stated they would attend for regular GU screening at a "drop-in" satellite clinic. 98% stated they would be happy to be seen by a nurse, preferred to be seen by a female HCP. Conclusion: POW is a highly successful service seeing a high number of new clients each year as well as maintaining regular follow ups. The service needs assessment has demonstrated the need for a satellite to be held at POW for sexual health screening. In October 2002 a service was established by a nurse consultant.
ACCESSION #
10218835

 

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