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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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


    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


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.

New Orleans Community Resource Guide – Common Ground Health Clinic

New Orleans Community Resource Guide – July 2014

Common Ground Health Clinic

Click here to view the New Orleans Resource Guide as a searchable database at nolaresourceguide.org

Click here to download Common Ground Health Clinic’s New Orleans Community Resource Guide (in .pdf) – JULY 2014_NOLACRG

Table of Contents

  • Navigating Health Care Systems & Programs
  • Basic Needs Assistance (Case management, clothing, utilities, etc.)
  • Primary Health Care Clinics
  • Mental Health
  • Dental & Eye Care
  • HIV / AIDS & STIs
  • Reproductive Health (Family planning, prenatal care & birth, abortion, etc.)
  • Access (Meals, groceries, gardening, food justice, etc.) Hospitals
  • Prescription Assistance
  • Addiction Services
  • Anti-Violence Resources (Domestic abuse, sexual assault, etc.) Shelters & Housing
  • Special Needs
  • Employment
  • Community Support & Education (Wellness, advocacy, literacy, etc.) For Formerly Incarcerated People
  • Justice & Legal Aid
  • Recovery & Rebuilding
  • Index

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!!

Judgment Free Health Care Providers

Judgment Free Health Care Providers

Welcome to the Judgment Free Health Care Directory!

People within the LGBTQI and alternative sexuality and relationship communities face great difficulty accessing affordable, comprehensive health care. Systemic discrimination and lack of basic cultural competency prevents many people from accessing medically necessary and appropriate health care and social services.

In an attempt to ensure access to safe, respectful and non-discriminatory health care for the LGBTQI and Sex-Positive communities (and the diverse sub-communities within them), the Judgment Free Health Care Provider Directory is a compiled listing of health care providers willing and able to provide quality, culturally competent care to gender and sexual minorities. Unlike existing lists serving the various communities separately, this list allows health care professionals to designate areas of gender and sexuality experience and competence so that patients can select the providers that meet their individual needs!

Advanced Search feature is pretty awesome.


The Movement

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 & 29.

The Movement is a project of NO/AIDS Task Force that provides:

• On and off-site rapid HIV counseling, testing and referral
• A young gay/bisexual men’s social networking program called ME+U (facebook.com/meplusu504)
• One-on-one counseling for individuals who are struggling to
adopt or maintain risk reduction behaviors
• A drop-in safe space for young gay/bisexual men,
• A Youth Advisory Board that oversees the development of The Movement

NO/AIDS Task Force: The Movement

4005 St. Claude Ave. NOLA


(504) 945-4000 ext. 210

The Movement on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/themovementnola

@TheMovement_504 on Twitter

The Movement-Community Based Testing Site

The Healing Center- Affordable Healing Arts | 2372 St. Claude Ste. 220 | Map

Wednesdays: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Movement – Outreach Venue Testing

NOTE: Venue Based testing is subject to change and/or cancellation depending on holidays or events at the bars.

The Vibe, 10:30 pm – 12:30 am, 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Fusions, 10 pm – 12 am, 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month