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Avert Biography

Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“It is argued that legalising or decriminalising sex work is beneficial to curbing the HIV epidemic because it allows governments to monitor and regulate the sex trade. In doing so, they can ensure that sex workers are empowered to negotiate condom use, improve their access to public services, and protect them from violence and abuse. Where sex workers are criminalised, they can be difficult to reach or unwilling to cooperate for fear of being arrested. By removing legal restrictions, HIV prevention programmes could be carried out much more effectively.

Research evidence supports this argument. An analysis of data from 27 European countries found that in countries that have legalised some aspects of sex work there is a significantly lower HIV prevalence among sex workers compared to those countries where all aspects of sex work are criminalised.”

“Sex Workers, HIV and AIDS,”, Aug. 29, 2017


“AVERT’s vision is a world with no new HIV infections, and where those living with HIV and AIDS do so with equality and the support they need…

We are an independent charity with no political or religious agenda. We are committed to providing quality information on HIV – based on sound evidence – which can save lives and improve the global response…

We have more than 30 years of experience providing quality information on the HIV epidemic that individuals know is correct and current. We have developed relationships based on trust with our international partners to help advance their work and impact.”

“Avert’s Vision, Mission and Values,”, Oct. 13, 2017


“Our mission is to ensure widespread knowledge and understanding of HIV and AIDS, in order to reduce infections and improve the lives of those affected. We will do this by promoting innovative approaches, partnerships and action to inform and empower.”

“Avert’s Vision, Mission and Values,”, Oct. 13, 2017

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