Tag Archives: SW Friendly Healthcare / Clinic List

Relevant info, materials (flyers, etc.), and posts for the sexworker-friendly clinics and healthcare providers list. Contact swop.nola@gmail.com to be added to the Google group if you’re interested in helping out with this project.

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.

Thursday, April 17 meeting notes

Feel free to add anything I forgot (just post in the comments section).


This is an abbreviated version of a more detailed record available to members of the SWOP-NOLA Google Group.  That version contains some sensitive information (email addresses, first names, etc.).  The SWOP-NOLA Google Group contains detailed updates including specific meeting locations, information on current projects, etc.  If you’d like to access the group, please request membership here.

  1. NSWP

  2. Amnesty International

  3. Smoke and Apple Films Documentary

  4. Big Ol’ Sex-Worker-Friendly Healthcare Resources Project

  5. Legal Resources

  6. Monica Jones

  1. NSWP

    I applied for membership to NSWP, we were approved, and as of April 17th 2014, we are full members.  Nifty pdf saying so here:  CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP – Global Network of Sex Work Projects

  2. Amnesty International

    Decriminalization of sex work was a topic at Amnesty International’s 2014 Human Rights Conference a few days ago.  In a document they sent out (which is no longer available for distribution), they said:

    “While the organization does not currently have a policy on sex work, it decided to initiate this consultation after considering evidence which suggests that the criminalisation of sex work leads to social marginalisation and an increased risk of human rights abuses against sex workers. The evidence also suggests that decriminalisation could be the best means to protect the rights of sex workers and to ensure that individuals involved in sex work receive adequate medical care, legal assistance, and police protection.”

    They are requesting that sex workers fill out a questionnaire/survey so that they can better understand our experience in this type of work and our priorities regarding sex workers’ rights.  However, in order for the answers to be useful, and in order to assure it doesn’t fall into the hands of prohibitionist groups, they’ve asked that we only distribute the survey to absolutely, positively, for-real sex workers.  Contact us at swop.nola@gmail.com if you’re interested in submitting your responses.

  3. Smoke and Apple Films Documentary

    Katie Green of Smoke and Apple Films contacted us requesting participants for a documentary they’re making.  They intend to portray sex work in a positive light.  If I’m understanding her correctly, they’re getting around the whole anonymity thing by making it animated (with audio from the interviews).  We talked on the phone and she seemed legit, so I asked her to write up a brief informative pitch for y’all, and I told her that anyone who was interested in participating would contact her.  Here it is:  Call for Interviewees for a documentary film: The Sex Workers Project (working title)

  4. Big ol’ healthcare project

    • The easiest way for you to help with this project is to either:
      1. Share a link to our SWOP-NOLA Sex Worker-Friendly Healthcare Resources Survey ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZP7CLH ) on Facebook, Twitter, etc., or in a post on your website or blog, or
      2. Send the link ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZP7CLH ) to any healthcare professionals or resources you know who might be interested in participating (being listed in our directory of Sex Wroker-Friendly Healthcare Resources)

    • One of our members, who has access to the world of everything medical (well, way more than most of us do), has the opportunity to work with the director of community health at Tulane in June.  We talked about the possibility of her going to clinics on a sort of educational crusade re: how to be nonjudgmental, respectful of sex workers, understanding of some of our concerns, etc.
    • Another member has experience doing stuff like this and creating materials.  She has contacts at Breakout! and WWAV and other orgs that may want to collaborate, and she may have access to materials that might be helpful/useful.
    • Everyone interested in this should familiarize themselves with the PERSIST Health Project in NY, which is basically what I envisioned this being (sooner or later) in like 2012 when I first realized there was a need for it.  If you’d like to be put in contact with the members working on this project, contact us.
    • Z suggested that we pin down what we’re looking for from this project, etc. because that might help guide us in the development of it.
    • Here’s mine:  I’ve been a full-service sex worker for a few years.   A couple years back, I noticed that, at least in online spaces for local clients and escorts/fbsm providers, there’s a general naivete and lack of knowledge (re: medical stuff like safe sex, signs and symptoms–or lack thereof–of STIs, myths about how HIV and other STIs are spread, etc.,) and a general distrust of healthcare providers.  Some clients took advantage of providers’ lack of knowledge by convincing them to engage in high-risk behavior.

      So, I wanted to have a list of healthcare providers with whom full-service sex workers could speak frankly and visit for medical concerns without the fear of being sold out to the cops, judged, lectured, shamed, etc.  Later I thought about how it would be cool to have a counselor who wouldn’t blame all my problems on my work.  And then I saw Louisiana Trans Advocates’ list of medical resources.  Once we started working on the list of sex worker-friendly healthcare providers, and we realized that most people we contacted had no idea what “harm reduction” or “sex worker” or even “non judgemental” meant, we realized that this was a beast and we’d have to inform/educate/etc. before we expected healthcare providers to decide whether they were cool with treating us without judgement.  Then I met Sarah from PERSIST last year and I was like, holy hell, that’s exactly what we need!

      The more people who have gotten involved, the more complicated this project has become, which is actually good–this project seemed simple at first, but there’s a ton of shit I was overloooking.  Then we lost some people, and others no longer had the time/energy (everyone assures me this is normal with SW-led orgs, but it still sucks).  Then a good friend of mine (full-service sw) in NY had a terrible experience a few months ago with a doctor, and when she told me the story of the whole ordeal and how she was treated, this project became a priority in my mind again.  So here we are.

    • Here’s the list we have so far. Feel free to add to it! All of you should be able to edit it. If you can’t, let me know. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhkPsuOfq6wDdDZYd3RwOXprZ3ZiUWZYRWJZYXVaWnc&usp=sharing 

      They have all been sent this info flyer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkPsuOfq6wDNTZGcWU4UzBtdlU/edit?usp=sharing

  5. Legal Resources

    • G suggested we do a similar project for legal resources (specifically, a directory of sex-worker-friendly attorneys and other law-ish stuff.).  I wanted this to exist, but I only know of like one lawyer who is sw-friendly. This would be awesome, and according to G it’s entirely possible, as she has some connections she can talk to about it.
    • Also, Z will contact people he knows at Resurrection After Exoneration (I think?), which looks pretty badass.
  6. Monica Jones

    What can we do for Monica? Fundraising?  Publicity?  On the individual level, we can each donate to SWOP-PHOENIX because (if I understand correctly), they’re paying her legal fees, etc.  Z will print out flyers and hand them out during the anti-Easter Easter Parade (sorry, I forgot what it’s called). 

    More about Monica Jones:

Clinics we’ve contacted

Below you will find an A-Z list.

I’ve set it up this way so that it can be roughly alphabetized while we’re working on it; that way, it will be easy-ish to find each one and know whether they’ve been flyered/contacted. Obviously, We don’t want several people to contact the same place repeatedly.

Please comment under the appropriate letter (hit the little “Reply” button under the letter) with:

  1. The name and contact info of each clinic
  2. The date you sent them the flyer (or dropped it off, whatever)
  3. Whether you were able to reach them and the date
  4. Their answers to the questions on the flyer
  5. Any other notes

Questions for Healthcare Providers

This is the list of questions for healthcare providers distributed at the 7/7/13 meeting. At some point we’ll use it as a script when calling local healthcare providers. Could probably be sent via email as well.

Please provide feedback and add any additional questions you think are important!

EDIT 9/24/13

I revised this list of questions when I made the info flyer so that it would be shorter/simpler. Unless I’ve missed something, it’s all the same info, just condensed. Scroll down to see the original. Here’s the version from the info flyer.

Survey
• Sex workers are women, men and transgender individuals from every socio-economic level, and have 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?

• What services do you offer?

• Do you accept patients without insurance?

• Do you inform your patients, before an exam or consult, what fee is expected? Do you inform your patients of the added cost of lab fees, if there are any?

• What are your hours of operation? Do you accept walk-ins?

• We are considering providing training workshops on how to better interact with and provide care to patients who work or have worked in the sex industry (cultural competency, etc.). Would your office/clinic be interested in something like this?

Original version

Hello, I’m working with an organization (that advocates for individuals in the sex industry/whatever) to compile a list of clinics and healthcare providers who are sensitive to the needs and concerns of sex workers.

  • Are you accepting that this occupation includes women, men and transgender individuals?
  • Are you accepting of the fact that the term ‘sex worker’ includes people from every socio-economic level, so will have a vast variety of health concerns or complaints?
  • Do you feel you and your staff are able to address the needs of this demographic?
  • What services do you offer?
  • Do you accept patients without insurance?
  • Do you inform your patients, before an exam or consult, what fee is expected? Do you inform your patients of the added cost of lab fees, if there are any?
  • What are your hours of operation? Do you accept walk-ins?
  • We are considering providing training workshops on how to better interact with and provide care to patients who work or have worked in the sex industry (cultural competency, etc.). Would your office/clinic be interested in something like this?

Please leave suggestions in the comments section below! You don’t have to sign in or anything.