The St. James Infirmary Occupational Health & Safety Handbook for Sex Workers (link)

St. James Infirmary is a clinic in San Francisco which “provides compassionate and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for all sex workers while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.”

 

While much of it is San Francisco-specific, their Occupational Health & Safety Handbook for Sex Workers, edited by Naomi Akers, MPH and Cathryn Evans, contains a wealth of valuable information for all sex workers.

Here’s a partial Table of Contents:

 

Section a.1: introduction
About the St. James Infirmary ………………………………………………7
About The Term “Sex Work” ………………………………………………. 10

Section a.2: Physical health

Section a.3: Sexual health

Safer Sex Techniques for Optimal Protection ……………………………………. 18
Communicable & Sexually Transmitted Infections A to Z ………………………. 22
Health for Women or Men with Female Reproductive Organs…………………. 36
Health for Men or Women with Male Reproductive Organs …………………… 37
Trans Health …………………………………………………………………. 39

Section a.4: Transgender identity support
Gender Identity Discrimination & Employment Law ……………………………. 53
Gender Identity Discrimination & Tenants’ Rights ……………………………… 58

Section a.5: Violence prevention
Only Rights Can Stop the Wrongs! ………………………………………………… 61
Violence in the Work Place …………………………………………………………. 62
Family & Relationship Violence …………………………………………………….. 63
Sexual Harassment & Stalking ……………………………………………………… 63

Section a.6: Substance use & treatment services
Substance Use & Harm Reduction ………………………………………………… 68
Drugs: What They Are, What They Do …………………………………………… 70
Recovery from Substance Use …………………………………………………….. 82

Section a.7: food & nutrition
Food Stamp Program ………………………………………………………………… 85
Tips on Good Nutrition ……………………………………………………………….. 85
Foods For Liver Support …………………………………………………………….. 88

Section a.8: Occupational Health and safety for Sex workers
Safety & Security While You Are Working ……………………………………. 89
Work Smarter, Not Harder! ………………………………………………………. 94
Occupational Safety for Very Low-Contact Sex Workers: Webcam & Phone Sex
Workers ……………………………………………………………………………….. 97
Occupational Safety for Higher Contact Public Venues: Lingerie Modeling, Toy
Shows & Lap-dance Venues ……………………………………………………. 98
Occupational Safety for Adult Film Workers: Porn Stars & Other Bon Vivants of the
Silver Screen ……………………………………………………………………….. 102
Occupational Safety for Higher Contact Sex Work: Escorting & Independents ..109
Creating Your Ad for Better Business …………………………………………..114
How To Cure Sex Worker Burn-out (SWBO) ………………………………… 118
Transitioning Out of Sex Work ……………………………………………………. 120

Section a.9: Sex work, the law & your civil rights
Explanation of Laws Relating to Sex Work ……………………………………. 121
Trafficking Victims Protection Act ………………………………………………… 129
Handling Encounters with Law Enforcement ……………………………………. 130
Laws Used Against Prostitutes, The Homeless & Other Vulnerable Populations … 146
Sex Workers and Child Protective Services ………………………………………. 148
History of Sex & Sex Work in the US & San Francisco—1900s to Present …..150

Section a.10: education, employment & financial assistance
Colleges, Financial Aid & Self-Employment ………………………………………152
Employment Discrimination …………………………………………………………..155
Obtaining Financial Assistance ……………………………………………………… 160
Licensing for Massage Establishments & Practitioners ………………………… 161

The St. James Infirmary Occupational Health & Safety Handbook for Sex Workers