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SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kits

SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kit Recipe

XR Brands PASSION Lube SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kit

SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex kit with Passion Lube

SWOP-NOLA safe sex kits for promo

SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with Astroglide

What’s in our SWOP-NOLA safer-sex kits?

  • condom
  • nitrile glove
  • instructions on how to use condoms and gloves effectively for various types of sexual activities (i.e., not just hetero penis-in-vagina sex), including how to to make a dental dam out of a glove or condom)
  • individual-use packets lube* (“personal lubricant,” if you want to be technical)
  • small flyer promoting SWOP-NOLA: SWOP-NOLA mini-flyer
  • snack-size ziplock bag (or similar)

Optional:

  • Female condoms
  • SWOP-NOLA sticker

*Thanks to XR brands for the generous donation of hundreds of packets of Passion Lube for our 2013 International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event!

We recently bought a couple hundred single-use packets of Wet brand lube, but now we’re out.

Note to manufacturers, distributors, vendors, etc. of safer-sex products and adult novelties:

We’re always looking for donations from awesome companies with awesome products!! Our SWOP-NOLA safer-sex kits are distributed FREE to the public by confident, open-minded, and friendly (not to mention sexy!) SWOP-NOLA members at our events and on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This means:

  • the company’s brand gets exposure to the target market,
  • the brand benefits from what is essentially a group of promo models directly interacting with potential consumers, and
  • a donation of products to SWOP-NOLA shows that the company supports our mission: to end violence against those working in the adult industry, and to promote healthier, pleasurable, safer sex between consenting adults.
SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with XR Brands Passion Lube

SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with XR Brands Passion Lube

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

SWOP-NOLA Banner on Bourbon St. Dec 17 2013

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2013

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

Sex Worker – Friendly Healthcare Providers & Counselors



This list is a work in progress! If you know of sex worker-friendly healthcare provider or counselor who would like to be listed here, please comment at the bottom of the page with their contact info! You can also email us at swop.nola@gmail.com, or pass them a link to our survey here.

The individuals or organizations listed here answered “Yes” to this question:

Sex workers are women, men and transgender individuals from every socio-economic level with a variety of health concerns and/or complaints, both common and uncommon. Do you feel you and your staff are able to address the needs of this demographic in a nonjudgmental manner?”


  • CrescentCare

    3308 Tulane Avenue
    (504) 207-2273

    This clinic is a project of NO/AIDS Task Force

    Services Offered

    • Primary care for adults
    • Primary care in pediatric for children and families
    • Primary care for the LGBT community
    • Behavioral health
    • Case management
    • HIV & STD services and support
    • Infectious disease consultation

    Services that will be added soon

    • Dental services
    • Nutritionist consultations
    • A clinical pharmacist
    • OB/GYN services
    • Transgender care
    • Hepatitis C treatment
    • Health education and prevention counseling
    • Employment counseling and skill-building classes
    • A PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) clinic
    • Medication assistance


    CrescentCare is a new healthcare project of NO/AIDS Task Force. Someone from NO/AIDS contacted SWOP-NOLA to let us know about the clinic on Tulane, and they assured us that they aim to provide quality healthcare for all (regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, national origin, participation in sex work, etc.) in a non-judgmental environment.

  • Other NO/AIDS Task Force Resources:

    • NO/AIDS Main Office

      2601 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor
      (504) 821-2601

      Services Provided:
      Free HIV Testing – Wednesdays from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
      Free HIV Testing – Fridays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

    • CAN Office

      507 Frenchmen Street
      (504) 945-4000

      Services Provided:
      Free HIV Testing – Mondays and Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
      Free HIV Testing – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7:30 pm
      Free syphilis testing Monday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

    • The Movement

      2610 Esplanade Avenue, Suite 2B
      (504) 267-4288

      From the website: The Movement is a community center that provides HIV prevention activities for young black gay/bisexual, and same gender loving men between the ages of 13 and 29.

      Services Provided:
      Free HIV Testing – Mondays from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
      Free HIV Testing – Thursdays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm
      Free syphilis testing Thursday from 12:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Daughters of Charity
    Joanna Dubinsky

    Services provided: All primary care except birth control (Catholic)

    Do you accept patients without insurance?  Yes
    Do you offer care at reduced cost, or on a sliding scale?  Yes
    Do you inform your patients, before an exam or consult, what fee is expected?  Yes-usually
    Do you inform your patients of the added cost of lab fees, if there are any?  Yes – usually
    What are your current hours of operation?  Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm. Friday 8am-2pm
    Do you accept walk-ins? Yes

  • Dr Bateman at
    East Jefferson Family Practice Center

    4228 Houma Blvd., Ste. 200
    Metairie, LA 70006
    (504) 454-7878

    Services Provided: Internal Medicine, minor dermatology, STD diagnosis and treatment

    Do you accept patients without insurance? NO, we will see patients who are in the process of obtaining insurance
    Do you offer care at reduced cost, or on a sliding scale? Yes
    Do you inform your patients, before an exam or consult, what fee is expected? Yes, all fees are collected before service is provided
    Do you inform your patients of the added cost of lab fees, if there are any? Yes
    What are your current hours of operation? 8am – 4pm M-F, weekends for established patients by special appointment
    Do you accept walk-ins? Yes

  • East Jefferson Family Practice Center

    4228 Houma Blvd., Ste. 200
    Metairie, LA 70006
    (504) 454-7878

    Services Provided: All standard internal medicine services, STD diagnosis and treatment, minor cosmetic procedures, low cost

    Do you accept patients without insurance?  No, we will see patients who are in the process of obtaining insurance
    Do you offer care at reduced cost, or on a sliding scale? Yes
    Do you inform your patients, before an exam or consult, what fee is expected? All fees, if any, are collected before any service is done
    Do you inform your patients of the added cost of lab fees, if there are any?  Yes
    What are your current hours of operation? 8am – 4pm, M-F
    Do you accept walk-ins?  Yes

  • Joan Ellen Young, LPC, NCC

    4721 Loveland Street
    Metairie, LA 70006
    (504) 810-1450
    jeyoungncc@yahoo.com

    Services Provided: Counselor / Therapist – Comfortable working with patients of all ages.

    I received your recent mailer and would be proud to be included on a list of healthcare providers who are willing to work with sex workers in a respectful, sensitive, nonjudgmental manner.
    1. I believe that I can address the needs of this demographic in a nonjudgmental manner.
    2. I offer mental health therapy. I am a licensed professional counselor in private practice. I am a sole practitioner. 3. I accept patients without insurance. I offer a sliding scale.
    4. My declaration of policies and procedures, as required by my licensing board, informs clients before proceeding of the fee for services and of the use of a sliding scale. I do not have additional fees [no medical or lab work, etc.]
    5. My hours are generally all day Fri and Sat, evenings and Sun by special arrangement, all by appointment only.

  • Lynn Friedman, PhD, LPC, NCC

    4721 Loveland Street
    Metairie, LA 70006
    (504) 914-6569
    friedmanlj@yahoo.com

    Services Provided: Counselor / Therapist – Comfortable working with patients of all ages.

    I will accept clients with or without insurance.
    I discuss this with clients.
    I have a sliding scale if clients can pay something.
    I do not accept walk ins but, but make appointments early, late, and on some weekends.
    I am happy to assist in training.
    I have done workshops on similar topics including Raceism, Sexism, Homophobia,and Transphobia as well as on many gay, lesbian,and trans topics.

  • MarkAlain Dery, DO, MPH

    Covenant House (contact for other locations)
    611 N. Rampart St
    New Orleans, LA 70117

    (504) 214-1772
    www.tcellclinic.com

    Services Provided: Infectious Diseases and HIV Specialist

    Open Thursday 3 – 7pm and Friday noon to 4pm.
    Patients will be seen regardless of insurance status.
    Se habla español.

  • Odyssey House – Medical Clinic

    1125 N. Tonti Street
    New Orleans, LA 70119-3549
    ohlinc.org

    Services Provided: primary care services, HIV testing and medicare application assistance.

    “The clinic and its staff have created a judgement free zone for clients from all walks of life.”

  • New Orleans Family Justice Center

    701 Loyola Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70114
    504-592-4005

    www.nofjc.org
    24-hour Crisis Line (504) 866-9554

    Services Provided: “We offer the followings services to victim/survivors of sexual assault and rape, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, family violence, and stalking:
    § Counseling (Individual and Group)
    § Crisis Intervention
    § 24-hour Crisis Line
    § Comprehensive Case Management
    § Community Training and Education
    § Intervention Services for Children
    § Emergency Safe Shelter
    § Legal Advocacy

    Yes, the staff here are committed to providing services to anyone in need without judgment.
    All services are free of charge.
    There are no income requirements to qualify for services.
    At the first visit we inform clients of all services offered and that all services are free.
    We do not provide medical services so no lab fees will be incurred.
    The New Orleans Family Justice Center is open 8am -4:30pm Monday-Friday.
    Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are strongly encouraged.

    From a counselor at the FJC:

    “The FJC is an umbrella organization that provides comprehensive, free services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We know that domestic violence and sexual assault affect all populations, and are looking to reach out to local agencies and organizations serving marginalized populations, especially LGBTQ people, in order to make sure that we are reaching as many people who need us as we can. We are interested in exploring what potential barriers may be keeping survivors from seeking our services. Sex workers can be a very hard group to reach, and your organization seems like a great avenue through which to let people know that we are a safe, non-judgmental place to seek services around domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and stalking.”

    “We are an umbrella organization offering a variety of services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. All services are free and include shelter, legal aid, job-readiness training, case management and counseling for adult survivors and their children, all at one location.”

  • Interim LSU Hospital SANE Program

    Andy Mahoney
    amahoneyno@aol.com

    Services Provided: Emergency / Immediate care to survivors of sexual assault and/or rape

    I’m a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at Interim LSU Hospital–we have a 24/7 on call service–we are patient friendly, inclusive of sex workers.

  • Michelle Powell Moran

    mpmfrederick@Gmail.com

    Services Provided: Licensed Social Worker / Counselor

    “I am a clinical social worker here in NOLA. I was just wondering. I would like to help if you need assistance for the ladies in your program. I have been a social worker here for 25 years. Yes, I am a LCSW ….licensed clinical social worker. I provide counseling”

  • Tiffany Anton, LCSW

    5001 Hwy 190 , Service Rd E
    Covington, LA 70433

    985-400-1790
    www.NewOrleansSexTherapy.com

In addition, members have had positive experiences at the following locations:

  • Delgado STD Clinic / Delgado Personal Health Clinic – Ain’t Dere No More

    ($10 for STI testing, including HIV, plus physical exam. Doctor was nonjudgmental and respectful.) ~ Not sure what’s going on with this place, but please be aware that it’s gone, gone, gone, marking the end of an era of New Orleanians from all (well, many) walks of life coming together for 5-7 hours to crowd around an old cathode-ray in a dingy waiting room full of molded-plastic chairs to watch Days of Our Lives and The Price is Right, only looking away to strike up awkward conversations while we each waited our for our extremely cheap (sometimes free!) anonymous STI testing. It was kind of like The Breakfast Club, except with swabs and little cups of pee.

  • St. Thomas Community Health Center

    Four locations in Orleans Parish

    (One of our members visited the Donald T. Erwin Center location at 1936 Magazine St. She said it was “affordable” and that she had a good experience and received excellent, respectful care.)

  • Odyssey House Short-Term Adult Residential Program

    From the Website: “OHL offers 48 beds for a short-term (28-day) residential drug rehabilitation program, which intensively focuses on the most basic aspects of drug rehab treatment, such as abstinence from drug abuse, life skills building, and recovery tools.”

    (One of our members did the 28-day Short-Term Residential inpatient program. She said it was helpful.)

    Fair warning: During the admission interview, Odyssey House will apparently try to shunt you over to Eden House when they learn that you are or have been involved with sex work, even if you are a dancer whose primary challenge is addiction. You can tell them no, of course. They’re likely being encouraged to send anyone they can to private facilities to keep beds open there.

Update 10/22/14 – Self Defense, Legal Resources, Events

This is a follow-up of the stuff we talked about at the meeting on Saturday–see previous update from Oct 14th

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  • Self Defense class on November 14th

    The free, providers-only self-defense class will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at NOLA Shaolin-Do (4210 St. Claude Ave).

    Friday, November 14
    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    at NOLA Shaolin-Do

    4210 St. Claude Ave
    New Orleans, 70117

    (St. Claude at France St.)

    Please let us know if you can make it!

  • Legal Resources

    On the website, under “Resources” ­­­­—> “Legal” (swop­nola.org/category/legal), we’re putting together a list of relevant legal resources. This includes:

    • Louisiana Lawyers & Legal Resources Relevant to Sex Work: This is mostly Louisiana criminal defense lawyers who represent people with prostitution and prostitution­-related charges, plus lawyers who have experience representing people in the biz (escorts, strippers, etc.) in Family court, civil court, etc.: Louisiana Lawyers, Legal Resources Relevant to Sex Work
    • Free & Low­-Cost Legal Resources and Attorneys in Louisiana (not necessarily related to sex work): Lots of free and/or low­-cost legal resources, attys, resources for representing yourself, where to find forms for civil/family court, etc.: Free & Low-Cost Legal Resources and Attorneys in Louisiana
    • General info on Louisiana laws, your rights, etc.: laws regarding prostitution, what to do if arrested, etc. etc.: General info on Louisiana laws, your rights, etc.

    So please add to these lists if you know of anything.

  • Upcoming Events

    We have lots of stuff coming up, so we made an event calendar.  Enjoy!

  • SAVE Act

    Have you heard of the SAVE (Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation) Act? Basically, now they’re going after ad sites like Backpage, Eros, etc. AND social networking sites under the guise of “saving the children” (they’re saying that “street gangs” use Backpage to “sell children” for sex). If this passes, we will be required to submit personal identification info not only to the sites we use for advertising, but to other sites that aren’t necessarily advertising sites, but are used by escorts for networking with clients, etc. And, as we saw earlier this year, the FBI can easily take over any damn website they please and access any and all info the company is saving on its servers (a few months ago, ad sites in California were seized by the FBI recently (indictment here) and it escalated from there with arrests, raids of the site owner’s home and prostitution charges (video)Official press release here.

Free & Low-Cost Legal Resources and Attorneys


Lawyers, legal clinics, legal advice, legal-ish services (accountants/CPAs, etc.), advocacy groups, etc. that may be useful to sex workers in Louisiana.

If you know of any low-cost or free legal resources, etc., please post them in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or email us at swop.nola@gmail.com.Add any you know of in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
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Free Self-Defense workshop tomorrow, other FREE stuff

 

Do you like free stuff??  We do.  Here’s some pretty cool free stuff:

 

FREE Self-Defense Workshop

From the Facebook event page:

“Get hands-on experience learning simple and effective techniques for self-defense. We want to avoid violent situations at almost any cost, but if it is necessary to defend yourself, you need to know how to quickly strike to incapacitate and attacker and break away. We’ll cover situations with both unarmed and armed attackers.  We’ll also learn techniques for de-escalating a situation, when it might be best to feign cooperation, to run away, or when it might be necessary to fight.  Wear clothes you can move and sweat in!  You’ll get to try the techniques full-strength on a padded target and drill different attack scenarios with a partner.”

Anonymity and Privacy for Sex Workers

FREE (needle-free, appointment-free, and cost-free!) HIV Testing

TAKE CHARGE Program for FREE Family Planning / Birth Control

  • Got a vagina?  Having piv sex?  Still fertile? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you should know that the state of Louisiana will give you FREE birth control and 4 free gyn visits a year.  It’s called the TAKE CHARGE program, and you should check it out to see if you qualify.  It’s super-easy to apply and totally worth it because…yeah, it’s free.

Kitestring FREE text check-in service

  • Another cool free thing someone just reminded me about: Kitestring, a simple, anonymous, FREE check-in service.  It wasn’t developed specifically for providers, but it sounds like it might as well have been–it could be really useful for appointments with clients:  Basically, the service will notify whatever emergency contacts you list if you do not check-in via text when the appointment’s over.  It’s not an app, just a free service, so you can use it with a cheap burn phone.

From the website:

Going out?
Whether you’re meeting up with a stranger or just taking a midnight stroll, give Kitestring a heads up.
Check in via SMS
Kitestring checks up on you with a simple text message. Reply to the message to check in.
Stay connected
If you don’t check in, Kitestring sends your emergency contacts a personalized alert message.
Nothing to download
And you don’t even need a smartphone. Get started below—it’s free.” https://www.kitestring.io/

Publish some research for free?

  • Not really free stuff, but relevant to anyone who might be researching something related to sex work: NSWP‘s annual publication Research for Sex Work is seeking contributions for its 14th edition, themed ‘Sex work is work’.From the call for contributions:

“This theme reflects one of NSWP’s core values: the acceptance of sex work as legitimate work. This value reflects the importance of labour rights as an important step in upholding the human rights of sex workers as individuals and as members of the workforce.  Research for Sex Work is an international journal that incorporates research results, experiences and reports on the subject of sex work within a human rights framework. We welcome three writing formats: research results, project or programme descriptions, and think pieces. The journal aims to cover all geographical regions, and we do give priority to submissions from sex worker individuals and groups. Authors who should consider contributing are sex worker groups, support organisations, HIV prevention projects, NGOs, universities and research institutions. Submissions must be in English, and the text will be edited and peer reviewed before being published. The maximum length for an abstract is 300 words, with articles limited to 1200. To submit an article or ask questions, write to our editor Heather at R4SW.Editor@nswp.org Abstracts are due 31 July 2014 23:59 GMT Finished articles will be due 26th of August. Authors will need to be accessible by email to answer questions and make corrections throughout September and October.”

Have a good weekend!!

TAKE CHARGE Program

TAKE CHARGE is a Louisiana program that gives 4 free “family planning” visits per year at a provider of your choice.

 

“I used my TAKE CHARGE to go to Planned Parenthood for my birth control, and while I was there they helped me out with a vaginal infection I had too!”

– Anonymous New Orleans Sex Worker

 

You qualify if you are:

  • Female
  • between the ages of 19-44
  • do not have kids or dependents
  • make less than $2,000 a month
  • and do not have health insurance

 

What it covers:

The TAKE CHARGE/ Family Planning Waiver program covers services including:

  • Four physical examinations or necessary re-visits each year for services rendered by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant for the purpose of family planning.
  • Laboratory tests for the purpose of family planning
  • Approved medications and supplies (examples: birth control pills, patches, IUDs, diaphragms, etc.)

* Primary care services are not covered by the TAKE CHARGE program.

 

How to Apply:

Apply for TAKE CHARGE by filling out the online application at the Louisiana Medicaid Online Application Center.

 

“I filled out my application online, they asked me to fax them a copy of my ID and two weeks later my card came in the mail!”

~Anonymous New Orleans Sex Worker

 

For more information:

http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/232