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Whitaker, Teresa and Ryan, Paul and Cox, Gemma (2011) Stigmatization among drug-using sex workers accessing support services in Dublin. Qualitative Health Research , 21 , (8) , pp. 1086-1100.

Findings from 35 qualitative interviews with drug users who were engaging in or who had engaged in sex work in Dublin, Ireland, illuminated how, because of a result of felt stigma and internalized shame, they tried to hide their drug use, thus endangering their own lives. This group carried multiple layers of stigma because of sex work, drug use (including injecting drug use), and having contracted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV). This stigma was powerfully reinforced by the language routinely used by health professionals. To improve the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions, it is recommended that service providers change their language, in particular in recognition of the human dignity of these clients, but also to help attract and retain drug users in services, and to help reduce the unacceptable mortality levels among drug users.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2011
Page Range:pp. 1086-1100
Publisher:Sage
Volume:21
Number:8
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C
MM-MO Crime and law > Vice crime > prostitution
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural discrimination concepts > Prejudice (stigma / discrimination)

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