HIV and human rights
Human rights violations against women, sexual minorities and those on the margins of society such as people who use drugs increases their vulnerability to HIV. Violations can take the form of everyday stigma and discrimination as well as the aggressive actions of police or others in authority.
Many Key Correspondents advocate for the rights of women, sex workers, sexual minorities, people who use drugs and people living with HIV. They report the human reality of rights violations as a way to bring governments to account and advocate for fairer systems that enable all members of society to stay healthy and well.
A human right is a freedom of some kind – for example to choose how you live or express yourself – but many people, particularly in Burundi, do not know or understand their rights. more
People with mental illnesses who are also living with HIV face the worst kind of stigma within Kenyan society, experts have warned. more
On International Women’s Day (8 March), leaders around the world are taking pledges on issues of gender equality; HIV and sex work are issues on which they must take action. more
In Nigeria efforts to combat the virus have had limited success, and new infections are recorded daily especially among more at risk groups such as young people and men who have sex with men. more
Practices that had disappeared such as ‘fish for sex’ are resurfacing, alarming those working on the HIV response. more
Over the last couple of years HIV rose in Uganda, along with a reported rise in discrimination against sexual minorities. more
On International Human Rights Day, read Junior’s story about persecution and torture on the basis of his sexual orientation. more
On International Human Rights Day, read about violence against women undermining their access to HIV treatment and services. more