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P213 Pro(tect) service – engaging with male sex workers
  1. Sarah Stockwell1,
  2. Gillian Dean1,
  3. Mark Tweed2,
  4. Tom Boyt2
  1. 1Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  2. 2Terrance Higgins Trust, Brighton, UK


Background/introduction Pro(TECT), a bespoke service for male sex workers (MSW), was launched in June 2014 by THT to engage with local high-risk MSM. Motivational interviewing (MI) is used to explore behaviour change; clients are offered a wide range of support to improve sexual health and reduce onward STI/HIV transmission. Analysis of behaviour and service evaluation was performed at 6 months.

Methods All clients (15) completed an online survey regarding sexual practices, drug/alcohol use and experience of the service.

Results In the last 12 months: 70% reported insertive UAI; 40% receptive UAI; 36% diagnosed with an STI; 29% HIV positive; 21% injected drugs; 43% under the influence of drugs/alcohol while selling sex; 33% self-harmed in last 12 months.

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Feedback on MI sessions (33 interventions)

Conclusions Unprotected sex is common among MSW. Early MI results show good improvement in knowledge and risk taking behaviour. High levels of drug/alcohol use and self-harm require close links to mental health services. Pro(TECT) is unique in accessing this ‘hard-to-reach’ population and offers a holistic service of harm reduction.

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