Summary: PEPFAR and Sex Work

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This is a summary of the PEPFAR and Sex Work briefing paper. 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'.

Contents include:

  • How the pledge affects sex worker organisations and HIV programming with sex workers
  • Effects on programming and organising
  • Effects on sex workers; and looks at what can be done
  • Effects on sex workers
  • What can be done?

You can download this 3-page PDF above. This resource is available in English, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.