One of the most common misconceptions about the sex worker health in Sydney is that they are a walking petri dish of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This is so not true. But because of the social stigma and the stereotype on sex workers, the claim does not need to be proved for it to be considered as true.
The government takes seriously the health of Sydney escorts. Those who work in legal brothels are compelled to undergo STD testing regularly. Sexual health services are also extended to escorts who work secretly. It is important that sex workers stay healthy for their own sake and that of the community.
Sex Worker Health in Sydney
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney escorts enjoy the best health care and welfare in the country. Ironically, the city has the highest risk for STIs because of the sex workers from Asia who flock the NSW capital. Thanks to the decriminalisation of prostitution in Sydney, prostitutes who work in the area are not scared to access health care services since there are no legal concerns that will prevent them from doing so.
Despite the efforts to take good care of sex worker health in Sydney and of the general population, the state health department said that the rate of STIs in the city is soaring. Brothel owners do their part in combating the proliferation of STI cases in Sydney. Some of these businesses, which are mostly high-end establishments, does not provide unprotected sex services to their clients.
Although there is no legislation yet against unprotected sex in Sydney brothels, there is a government regulation that demands brothel owners to promote and ensure a safe working environment. Sexual health clinics can also be traced in various locations in Sydney. One can find the nearest clinic through the NSW Health Website, or by calling the sexual health info line at 1800.451.624.
Aside from sexual health services, Sydney prostitutes also need mental health care. Because of “whorephobia”, sex workers are confronted with harsh judgments from other people regarding their work. Most of the time, they have to stand up to the negative feelings about their self-worth because of the society’s stereotype to sex work. This way of thinking to escorts not only socially marginalises them, but can also get in the way of how they get and/or receive health care. That’s why it is equally important that the mental health needs of sex workers and the stigma they experience are recognised and addressed.