• Clodagh Meaney

Sexual Health Centre launches campaign aimed at helping sex workers amid COVID-19 outbreak

The centre has advised workers to engage in services available to help them.


By Clodagh Meaney



The Sexual Health Centre in Cork has launched #SafeRsexwork - a campaign aimed at helping sex workers to avail of the supports available to them during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


While the centre has advised sex workers and escorts to take time off work if possible, they acknowledge that some will not have that option.


Dr. Martin Davoren, the Executive Director of the Sexual Health Centre said of the campaign: “Those individuals [who cannot take time off work] deserve to have the information and support required, to help them to stay safe at this time."


“The #SafeRsexwork campaign offers a practical, step-by-step harm reduction guide for individuals undertaking sex work and escort work during the COVID-19 outbreak," he explained.


“Many sex workers and escorts are in a particularly vulnerable position at this time. It is crucial that these workers are aware of the risks imposed by COVID-19, and the resources that are available to them during the pandemic," Dr. Daveron added.


“There are several organisations, including ours, that are still operating, to offer a variety of supports to sex workers in Ireland and I would strongly urge anyone who needs help to avail of these supports at this challenging time."


In order to ensure relevant and supportive resources would be available to those who must continue to work, the centre consulted with sex workers and escorts as well as representatives from Sex Workers Alliance Ireland.


Measures advised by the Sexual Health Clinic to limit the spread of COVID-19 include screening clients, preparing your workspace and taking extra precautions during sex.

Supports available from the clinic include a free condom postal service and remote counselling which are available to anyone in need.


You do not need to identify yourself as a sex worker while engaging with the service, however, you can request a suitable amount of protection by asking the clinic for "the bag" which will include a variety of condoms.


The service will not retain any of your private information such as address or phone number.




You can contact the Sexual Health Centre by e-mail at info@sexualhealthcentre.com or by phone on 021-427667.



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