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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.
- PEPFAR and why it is important
- The roots of PEPFAR
- How the pledge affects US funding of sex worker organisations and HIV programming with sex workers
- The effects on programming and organising
- The effects on sex workers
- What can be done
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