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Recent im/migration to Canada linked to unmet health needs among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada: Findings of a longitudinal study.

Recent im/migration to Canada linked to unmet health needs among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada: Findings of a longitudinal study.
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Sou J, Goldenberg SM, Duff P, Nguyen P, Shoveller J, Shannon K,


Sou J, Goldenberg SM, Duff P, Nguyen P, Shoveller J, Shannon K, (click to view)

Sou J, Goldenberg SM, Duff P, Nguyen P, Shoveller J, Shannon K,

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Health care for women international 2017 03 16() 1-15 doi 10.1080/07399332.2017.1296842

Abstract

Despite universal health care in Canada, sex workers (SWs) and im/migrants experience suboptimal health care access. In this analysis, we examined the correlates of unmet health needs among SWs in Metro Vancouver over time. Data from a longitudinal cohort of women SWs (An Evaluation of Sex Workers Health Access [AESHA]) were used. Of 742 SWs, 25.5% reported unmet health needs at least once over the 4-year study period. In multivariable logistic regression using generalized estimating equations, recent im/migration had the strongest impact on unmet health needs; long-term im/migration, policing, and trauma were also important determinants. Legal and social supports to promote im/migrant SWs’ access to health care are recommended.

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