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.’ 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.
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