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.
Criminalising HIV transmission will not help halt the spread of HIV – instead it will stop people from getting tested and increase the risk of further transmissions. more
In African cultures it’s expected that orphans will be taken care of but this does not necessarily apply to AIDS orphans. Claire shares a personal story. more
Despite its small size and sense of community, stigma and discrimination is a major problem for people living with HIV in Barbados. Getting people to speak out is a struggle. more
Gautam gives a personal account of attending this year’s International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, where he puts HIV and human rights high on the agenda for the new post 2015 development goals. more
With the number of rape cases increasing in Zimbabwe, the government has launched a national campaign to tackle the issue, which is causing great trauma and new HIV infections. more
The fight to defeat HIV among those most at risk of infection may not be achieved as soon as hoped unless harm reduction services for people who use drugs receive appropriate funding. more
I was born with HIV and more than 30 years later I am still alive! I am sharing my story to comfort people newly infected with HIV as well as long-term survivors. more
When Joy offered her neighbour’s children a mug of hot chocolate, little did she think she would be accused of infecting them with HIV. more