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.

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HIV stigma drives sex work in Northern Kenya

When Zeinab left her home village in Northern Kenya to look for a job, she had one thing in mind; work hard to help her struggling family. But her plans were destroyed by something that would keep her from home for the rest of her life. more
February 27, 2015 0 Comments

African American history month: from civil rights to HIV

Every year, February is dedicated to African American history but this year I want to use the opportunity to address a modern equality issue that African Americans must fight for: equal access to HIV services. more
February 26, 2015 0 Comments

When hours turn to days: a ridiculed HIV woman stands strong

To her, the decision to test for HIV was a forced one. Forced by the fact her husband left her because she was growing thin, always feeling tired and occasionally falling sick. more
January 20, 2015 0 Comments

Bolivian minister breaks citizen’s HIV status confidentiality

HIV activists are in uproar following the Bolivian Minister of Health’s disclosure during a press conference of the HIV status of a Bolivian citizen. more
January 15, 2015 1 Comments

The impact of stigma on healthcare workers living with HIV

Nurse Nomsa provides counselling to people who are living with HIV, yet even as a health worker the fear of stigma is so strong she has not disclosed to her children that she is living with the virus. more
January 14, 2015 0 Comments

Discriminatory laws hinder Burundi’s response to HIV

On Human Rights Day (10 December), Jean Claude Kamwenbusa reports on how the criminalisation of same sex relationships in Burundi is putting people’s health and lives at risk. more
December 10, 2014 0 Comments

Campaign seeks 1 million men to end gender based violence

Today, as around the world 16 days of activism against gender based violence begins, many Kenyans are asking if the campaign is likely to help eliminate this issue that contributes highly to new HIV infections. more
November 25, 2014 0 Comments

Young LGBT people in Kenya fight the odds and make life better for their peers

When Lily and her friends realised they were losing too many friends to AIDS they decided to do something about it. more
November 7, 2014 0 Comments