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.
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
The launch of a US$11.4 million programme in Southern Africa is renewing hope for stigmatised key populations affected by HIV. more
The Malawi government is failing to protect the sexual health of inmates, by not allowing condoms to be distributed in prisons. more
I applaud Charlie Sheen’s public announcement of his HIV positive status on national television, but it also saddened me. more
More than one third of the world’s countries still consider same-sex sexual activity illegal, among them Malawi, whose government is giving mixed messages about the rights of homosexuals. more