Street Sex Workers

SWOP Sussex is a sex workers’ outreach project for women who live or work in the sex industry in Sussex. Our service is trans inclusive.

Sexual health.

Our SWOP workers can advise and support you around sexual health.

We also offer:

  • Free supplies: up to 20 condoms (a range of colours, flavours and sizes), lubricant, dental dams and gloves.
  • Free self-testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea – self taken swabs.
  • Free HIV home self – test kits which you can also order online.
  • Pregnancy Testing – we will check the results with you.
  • We can book appointments help you get to sexual health clinic appointments.
  • We have sexual health information for sex workers – a range of leaflets in different languages.

How do I look after my sexual health?

  • Using condoms for vaginal, oral and anal sex will help to protect against STI’s and pregnancy.
  • Using lubricant will help prevent condoms splitting and reduce the risk of damage to your vagina or anus during sex.
  • You can protect yourself against Hepatitis B with a course of vaccinations. You can get these at a sexual health clinic.
  • Regular 3-monthly check- ups. If you have an untreated infection, it can make it easier to catch another one (including the HIV virus).
  • Emergency contraception is available to purchase from chemists. If you are under 25, emergency contraception is free from these places.
  • PEP is a treatment you can take within 72 hours of a condom breaking or having unprotected sex if you believe you may have come in contact with the HIV virus. PEP is available from sexual health clinics or from A&E if they assess you as being high risk.
  • If you do not feel able to use condoms or have regular unprotected anal sex. You could talk to a clinic Health Advisor to see if PrEP is an option to help prevent HIV.

Sexual health screening.

  • Sexual health clinics are free to anyone, regardless of immigration status.
  • They offer sexual health screening and treatment, contraception and Hepatitis B vaccinations.
  • Your records at the clinic are confidential. They are not linked with GP records or other health records without your consent.
  • You do not have to show proof of ID.
  • They can assess you for PEP and PrEP.

Contact us.

Please contact us for:

  • a fast track card for clinics in Brighton & Hove or East Sussex
  • help to book or attend an appointment
  • an interpreter for your appointment
  • other support or advice