PrEP in the Context of Sex Work
Definition: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or "PrEP," is the idea that a person could take a pill once a day and be protected from catching HIV, not unlike the birth-control pill which protects from unwanted pregnancy.
Poster: The Stigma Project, 2014
"PreP in the Context of Sex Work: Possibilities and Limitations" is a national sex-worker group consultation to learn about, discuss and make recommendations regarding the use of PrEP in the sex workplace setting. The project has so far received three separate grants in support of this work: a $15,000 planning grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) for a pre-consultation planning meeting; $75,000 from the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) for the national consultation; and separate from these, a $33,000 CIHR Catalyst Grant to create an online survey to investigate these issues further. This is the first EJAF grant ever awarded for a national community consultation with sex-worker organizations to discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the sex industry workplace. For more information, watch our PrEP Resources page.
Protect Yourself: Use a Condom
- The Right Way To Use A Male Condom, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 24, 2016
PDF page of instructions with graphics on how to put on and take off a condom.
Protégez-vous: Use a condom animation
Don't hesitate to call 911 if you fear for your safety. Keep your cell phone close by.
If working alone, call a partner in front of the client. Tell them you are starting a session and what time you'll call back. Even repeat customers.
Keep a Log
Log all client inquiries with phone numbers, names, email addresses, etc.
Don't see clients you have no information about.
Report all bad dates including suspicious clients.
Do not ingest any substance a client could have tampered with, including condoms and lube.
Never work while impaired.
Triple-X Workers stand together against abuse, exploitation and harassment of all workers.
Press Release: Triple-X Workers call for justice in the deaths of two New Westminster workers. (PDF)
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