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Miriam from Chrysalis Community Drug Project has been asked by one of her women who is an escort- dominatrix where she can get hold of supplies of catheters and needles. Miriam has been directed to the SAAFE forum but she also wants to know suppliers of sponges.
If you can help please post your response on this forum or contact:
Miriam, Chrysalis Community Drug Project
She will be able to access needles from her local needleexchange service. If she is unsure where this is she is best contacting the local drug treatment service who will advise her.
Sponge suppliers are LTC Healthcare
Thank you Shona, excellent to see the forum being used!
Hi We get our sponges from Pasante
Thanks everyone for your very useful replies. I have only joined the forum so apologies for the late response. Miriam
Hi – we are actively discouraging use of sponges due to the high risk and incidence of bacterial infection. We are instead, promoting diaphragams, which are used like a ‘moon cup’. Therefore the girls can remove after each punter and clean and replace. We have found this a much better option and have had posistive reports back. They come into our Women’s clinic to be fitted for these and I guess that any gynae clinic or if you have a specialised service will be able to do this. Good luck
BBV which service are you from and can I ask for a little more info about your change in practice stated here with reference to sponges. Is your change in practice as a result of a marked increase in reports of sponge users suffering infections or is it due to new research/guidelines?
If it is the latter would you mind sharing the resource?
Hi Shona, we have been encouraging women to use diaphragms for the last 7 years. This has been a result of increase in baterial vaginosis infection which we see in women working in the sex industry. Diaphragms are generally made of latex which most women are used to using as thats what condoms are made from. Also the cleanliness of sponges is not always that great. Many women wash them and re use them. Diaphragms are washed afer each punter but are not made of an absorbant material and so bugs dont remain on them with good washing techniques. Also they help prevent the PH balance changing in womens vaginas which is the greatest cause of many infections including thrush for women. Although we promote the diaphragm, we still see Women who have obtained their own sponges and present with afore mentioned infections. As for research…. I guess we’ve done our own!! I haven’t anything to point you to immediately but it’s just what we have found ourselves!
Hope that’s okay and helpful?
P.S. we are the Harm Reduction Team NHS Lothian.
Thanks for getting back to me. Your info is very useful for us.
We started distributing the sponges when we found out that some workers were using various materials other than sanitary products (baby wipes, bath sponges and wodges of cotton wool) so that they could work whilst on their period without the punter knowing. We got the beppy sponges in on the recommendation of one of the workers who had used them in the porn industry. We now distribute to a very small number of workers. The only problem we have had reported was condoms splitting whilst the sponge was in situ, we recommended use of lube alongside the sponge and that seemed to resolve the issue. Otherwise no thing else has come up.
I will ask the workers that use them following your info, and if they have had any more issues I will advise the diagphram as you suggest.
Thank you very much. Shona
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