Women’s Health

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Below are brief descriptions of selected articles on women’s health in the Downtown Eastside. Each of our featured articles comes with an plain-language research summary, and its full text has been archived in cIRcle, UBC’s open access repository.

Featured Articles

Mobility & migration: Impacts on sex workers’ health and safety

Mobile and migrant sex workers reported having less control over condom use with intimate partners, and reduced access to health care.

Women in sex work struggle to find safe, secure housing

The study suggests an urgent need for transitional housing to meet minimum basic standards and to develop long-term, safe housing for women in sex work.

Recognizing the rights and wants of sex workers as mothers

The study found no difference in pregnancy intention by ethnicity or by HIV status, and very little difference when compared to women in other occupations.

Study finds female street-involved youth more likely than male youth to contract Hepatitis C

The study suggests programs need to customize their outreach and services to the unique situations and needs of young street-involved women.


Universal coverage without universal access: Barriers to health care for marginalized women

Some of the most marginalized women and those with the greatest health care needs were more likely to report experiencing barriers to health access.

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