Brazil turns down $40 mil for AIDS

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May. 3 (UPI) -- Brazil is turning down more than $40 million in aid from the United States to combat AIDS and HIV because it will not oppose the commercial sex industry.

O Globo reports Brazil turned down the U.S. money because it comes with the caveat that it must denounce the sex trade to receive the funds.

In all, Brazil was to receive $48 million from the United States starting in 2003 and ending in 2008. However, Brazilian Health Ministry officials said they would refuse to accept funding for the last three years of the agreement.

Brazil is considered one of the leading nations in the fight against HIV/AIDS and has been praised internationally for its federally funded treatment programs.

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