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More on sex workers and evidence based health reporting

April 27th, 2007

Dr Petra

Recently I reported on a worrying case where a health care professional went to the media with misleading data about sex workers and sexual health.

A number of other healthcare workers were equally concerned by this lack of evidence based reporting and today the British Medical Journal contains a series of letters outlining the problems with the misleading information reported, a response from the person who made the incorrect statements, and discussions on why such health reporting is damaging for sex workers and the general public.

It is not clear how this case is going to resolve itself, but it is good the BMJ is giving it attention and indicating that when people make misleading statements about healthcare in the press that they are accountable – particularly when misrepresenting vulnerable groups.

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