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Statement: AFC Applauds the Supreme Courts Decision to Enable PEPFAR-funded Programs to Better Meet Sex Workers' Needs
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds the U.S. Supreme Courts decision to end a decade-long anti-prostitution pledge. Previously, the policy required U.S. organizations to sign a statement that opposed prostitution in order to receive funding through the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Citing that the policy contradicts the First Amendment, the Courts ruling enables PEPFAR-funded programs to meet the needs of sex workers more effectively by reducing new infections. No longer will HIV-prevention organizations need to state that they are against the individuals they aim to help.
In addition, the Courts decision helps to reduce stigma associated with sex trade, allowing people to be more open about their risk, their lives, and their needs.
AFC thanks the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling in favor of free speech, human rights, and health.
Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a catalyst for local, national, and international action against HIV/AIDS.
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