PEPFAR and Sex Work

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2011

This briefing paper discusses PEPFAR and its anti-prostitution pledge. PEPFAR has made anti-retroviral treatment (ART) available for many people, including sex workers.  However, PEPFAR funding contracts with organisations specify that a certain amount of this money be spent on abstinence programming.  Contracts include a clause that the organisation accepting funding is opposed to prostitution.  This has been called the 'anti-prostitution pledge' or 'anti-prostitution loyalty oath'. A 3 page summary of this briefing paper is also available.

This NSWP briefing paper explains how the pledge affects sex worker organisations and HIV programming with sex workers; the effects on programming and organising; effects on sex workers; and looks at what can be done.

You can download this 8 page PDF document above.

This resource is in English.

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