Dear healthcare providers

Hi, my name is Star and I hate going to the clinic. Healthcare workers cut me off, judge me, and don’t listen. In my work, day in and day out, I go to a room that is not familiar and I exchange sexual services for money. Sometimes this goes well, sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve been raped, robbed, and treated disrespectfully by my customers. I work hard to stay safe, but I have to take chances. I follow someone to a room, they walk in behind me and close the door. They ask me to take off my clothes, tell me to lay down in an uncomfortable position and begin to touch me. Healthcare providers do this too when I go to the clinic! If healthcare workers knew the similarities, maybe things could change for me when I go to the clinic.