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This happened to us as a community once before.  It was in the 1980's.  People were terrified of HIV/AIDS and also "prostitutes" because of the fear of HIV/AIDS.  No one knew in the early 1980's what was really causing it.  Suddenly hospitals, detoxes, shelters, even jails were refusing to go anywhere near us - let alone help us in any way.  I drove a woman to the hospital who had been stabbed and watch as the ER staff tried to turn her away out of fear of the virus in the early 1980's.  I had to threaten to sue them if they turned her away, and that worked as far as stitching her up.  But the hospital refused to admit her after they stitched her up. 

Now what do you do if you find out you are positive for the virus?  That's it.  Finito.  Done.  You're out of the sex industry.

Now what? 

We had a huge problem on our hands.   We were asking sex workers to stop working if they had the virus - but then what?  Rent and lights still had to be paid and food had…


Dear Awaken:

We were contacted and alerted that Jennifer O'Kane was packing up to leave the sex industry.   We contact women like her at such a time because after the 4000 person came through our group seeking help and support leaving the sex industry exhibiting the same symptoms - we dubbed those symptoms "post-prostitution syndrome".
The reason why we dubbed it, and no one else had at that time, was because we were not only the first group formed to help adults back in the 1980's - but also we were the first group/program to ever get this population past the two year mark our studies showed where prior to our program's launch 98 % "relapse". 
Defining relapse as either them voluntarily returning to sex work, or their pimp/trafficker dragging them back.  Also in the 1980's, the only programs to even come close to wor…