Author Topic: Research to improve sexual health services for sex workers who advertise online  (Read 111 times)

katypilcher

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Hi everyone,

My name is Katy Pilcher and Id like to invite you to contribute to a project that I am working on. I'm currently part of a research team at Aston University (with Dr Vicki Whittaker, Dr Pam Lowe and Prof Helen Pattison) looking at the sexual health needs of sex workers (of all genders and nationalities) who advertise online, and we are thinking about whether current services in Birmingham and Solihull meet their needs (the study is commissioned by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust). The aim is to influence the provision of future services by making recommendations for best practice, and I specifically am keen to think about ways of reducing stigma that sex workers may face if they disclose their work, or other potential barriers to accessing services. We want to ensure that any potential changes to service provisions can be meaningful for the people accessing them.
 
While the project is focused upon the Birmingham area, we are also looking for broader experiences that people may want to share about their experiences of engaging with sexual health services across the UK. We will be compiling a final report and would of course be very happy to share this with anyone who takes part in the research, and can also make it widely available.

You can find out more about the research team on our webpage here (there are links to each of our bios): http://www.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/research-centres/ccisc/gender-sexualities-and-the-body/the-sexual-health-of-online-sex-workers (or if this link gets deleted from my post please google Aston sexual health sex work and it should come up). Just to let you know a little more about my own background I have been researching around gender, sexualities and sex work for 9 years and Im currently a lecturer in Sociology at Aston University. Im a member of the Sex Work Research Hub which is committed to carrying out ethical research where sex workers voices are central. If youd like to read any of the articles that Ive written, please get in touch and I can email you copies ([email protected]). A few years ago I co-edited a book Queer Sex Work, which included chapters written by sex workers, sex worker rights advocates and organisations fighting to reduce stigma and violence against sex workers, the book contents can be found here (amazon link): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/toc/1138288535/ref=dp_toc?_encoding=UTF8&n=266239
 
We are looking for people to either complete our online survey or to take part in an interview (this could be either in person or via phone/Skype). Your participation would be completely anonymous you dont need to tell us your real name and you would not be identified in our research report. The project has been through a strict ethical review and has received approval from Aston University through the School of Languages and Social Sciences Ethics Committee.

If meeting in person, this could be in a caf or somewhere that you feel comfortable to meet, with tea/coffee and cake. We can travel to where is best for you. We can also reimburse you for public transport expenses within the Birmingham area, or tube/bus fare if youd like to meet in London. If youd like to take part then please contact me on [email protected] or 0121 204 3599 and we can arrange a time and place thats convenient for you (or via phone/Skype).

Or you could fill in our anonymous survey: goo.gl/YRYZSW (it shouldnt take more than 15 minutes, and you do not have to answer every question if you do not want to), or email us.
 
Please feel free to re-post the link to our survey anywhere that you think would be useful. I will also be tweeting about the project and the survey, my twitter handle is k_pilch

Thank you for taking the time to read this message. Apologies that it is quite long but I wanted to ensure that you had as much information as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to hopefully hearing from you.

Best Wishes,

Katy Pilcher

katypilcher

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Hi everyone,

Thank you so much to those who have filled out our survey, we are receiving some really useful feedback that will help us to make recommendations for improving sexual health services.

The survey is open still so please do consider filling it out if you haven't already (it should take about 10-15 mins): goo.gl/YRYZSW

We are also looking for people to take part in an interview, this could be via phone/skype or in person (if in person we can provide tea, cake, and pay travel expenses). Please do drop me a message if you are interested: [email protected] 0121 204 3599, or k_pilch on twitter. Your participation would be kept completely anonymous.

Thank you in advance for your help and your time reading this.

Katy Pilcher  :)