Positive Action Challenges in partnership with The International AIDS Society (IAS) is seeking concept notes for a program entitled "Sex, Work, Life & HIV: Stigma-Free Services for Sex Workers".

Our new challenge is seeking brand-new ideas OR current existing projects that allow sex worker communities and healthcare providers work together to provide comprehensive, stigma and discrimination-free HIV prevention services. 

We are looking for both new and existing responses where sex worker communities and healthcare providers work together to provide stigma-free access to HIV prevention services. 

There are two challenge prizes up for grabs, please consider the following criteria relevant to the prize you are applying for:

1.     A  Seed Prize to pilot a brand-new idea.

Successful new ideas will: commit to an active collaboration between the community/civil society and healthcare provider.


2.    A  Grand Prize to expand or scale-up an existing project you are involved in.

Successful existing projects will:

a.    Explain how the community/civil society and healthcare provider are working together to make the project successful.
b.    Prove that the project is enabling more sex workers to access HIV prevention services with quantitative evidence.
c.    Demonstrate that the project is acceptable to the targeted sex worker community with qualitative evidence.


Apply for a $25,000 seed prize to pilot a brand-new idea.


Apply for a $75,000 grand prize to expand or scale-up an existing project you are involved in.  

Eligibility Criteria
  • Positive Action Challenges are open to any applicant who is:
    • an individuals under 18 are eligible to participate in any Challenge unless prohibited by applicable law) ; or
    • a group of individuals ; or
    • one or more public or private entities, including, without limitation, universities, academic institutions, not-for-profit entities and private sector organisations.
  • Unless otherwise restricted by the Challenge, the Applicant may be from any geographic area.
  • The Applicant must comply with these Challenge Rules and all funding rules associated with any Challenge prizes.
  • The Applicant may not be a healthcare provider who is qualified to prescribe medicinal products or directly or indirectly influence the use of such products. In the event the Applicant is a governmental entity or a governmental employee, ViiV Healthcare reserves the right to conduct an evaluation to ensure Applicant’s eligibility with these Challenge Rules and any applicable Challenge criteria.
  • In addition, ViiV Healthcare reserves the right to evaluate the eligibility of any government official or the eligibility of Applicants that reside in a jurisdiction that restricts or prohibits contests. The Applicant, including each individual member of an Applicant group, may not be an employee of ViiV Healthcare or any of its affiliates, a judge of the Challenge in question, or any other party involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Challenge or a member of the household of such an individual.
  • The Applicant must not be or have a member who is currently on the Excluded Parties List maintained by the United States government. There is no maximum team size. Each Applicant must assign at least one named team leader. If Applicant teams include members under 18 years of age, those members are required to submit a Parent Consent Form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
How to Apply

For more information and online application, please click the link below:

Stigma Free HIV Prevention