US Policy Requires Groups That Receive HIV/AIDS Funding To Condemn Commercial Sex Work

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"The U.S. Anti-Prostitution Pledge: First Amendment Challenges and Public Health Priorities," PLoS Medicine: The article, by Nicole Franck Masenior and Chris Beyrer of the Center for Public Health and Human Rightsat Johns Hopkins University, provided a summary of scientific evidenceon methods to reduce the spread of HIV among commercial sex workers.


The article was written for an ongoing caseover a U.S. policy requiring recipients of federal HIV/AIDS servicegrants to pledge to oppose commercial sex work. According to theauthors, one of their primary findings is that the blending of thewords "prostitution" and "sex trafficking" in the legislationauthorizing the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Reliefis "not accepted as standard language or practice by the scientificliterature on HIV/AIDS or by international agencies with HIV preventionprograms."

The article also examined the link between privately fundedHIV prevention programs and the First Amendment and judicial decisionsmade in the case (Franck Masenoir/Beyrer, PLoS Medicine, July 2007).

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