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Sex Work, Ethics, and Healthcare 

Sex Work, Ethics, and Healthcare
Sex Work, Ethics, and Healthcare

Victoria Bungay

, and Lauren Casey

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date: 06 August 2021

Women engaged in sex work often face a myriad of barriers (including stigma and discrimination) in accessing and receiving care within the healthcare system. The narratives of 51 women engaged in sex work within indoor settings in a large western Canadian city are used to examine their experiences of stigma and discrimination in health care encounters and how stigma, discrimination, and ideologies of deviance underpin healthcare service programming and clinical encounters among this population. These issues are further nuanced in an analysis that illustrates the consequential and significant ethical concerns for clinicians and health service programming and the devastating effects for women’s health, their rights to healthcare, and their opportunities to be active agents in decisions affecting their care.

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