Sex work programme

Sex work programme


The main aim of the Aidsfonds’ sex work programme is to ensure that every sex worker has access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. We advocate for the rights of sex workers, strengthen community- based organisations, develop national and global interventions with and for sex workers, and facilitate research and advise governments.

In our work we strongly commit to our programme principles: combining a public health and human rights approach, respecting sex work as work and believing that out is not the only way up. Also we encourage community-driven participation of sex workers and recognize that minors selling sex require a specific and pragmatic response.

Partnership details

Time frame
01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
€ 9,407,436
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The sex work programme works to improve the quality of and access to HIV and STI prevention, treatment, care and support. We empower economic and social standing of individual sex workers and their communities and ensure that sex workers have their human rights respected and that sex work is not criminalized. Moreover we reduce violence, stigma and discrimination against sex workers

Community groups

The main target group of the sex work programme are male, female and transgender sex workers. We also focus on clients, law enforcement, service providers, Ngo's, academic institutions, media and governments.


Internationally we are implementing the following programmess: Hands Off! a regional program focussing on the reduction of violence in Southern Africa, Bridging the Gaps focussing on human rights and access to services for key populations, PITCH on lobby and advocacy for sex worker rights, and Turning the Tide a programme on innovative online services for sex workers in Eastern Europe and Russia.

In the Netherlands we focus on online outreach and online content, capacity building of and providing technical advice to organizations working with and for sex workers and advocating for sex workers rights. Furthermore, we are responsible for the Hepatitis programme to lower the amount of hepatitis infection among sex workers in the Netherlands uses cookies to offer the best website experience possible and to anonymously analyze website behaviour. More information.