Saturday, September 1, 2007

US anti-prostitution pledge affecting HIV prevention

The US government’s “Anti-Prostitution Pledge” is restricting HIV prevention programmes for those it seeks to protect, according to a new review of US HIV/AIDS funding. In January 2003 US president George Bush announced $15 billion [US dollars] would be made available for programs to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic. But in order to receive these funds organisations must show they have policies that explicitly oppose prostitution and sex trafficking. This so-called "anti-prostitution pledge" might be creating more problems than it solves, according to an analysis published in the journal PLoS Medicine written by Chris Beyrer, director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, together with the centre’s senior research coordinator Nicole Franck Masenior.

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