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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Photo story: life as a gay man in Kenya

In Kenya, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are facing increasing discrimination. Here Dennis shares his story of dealing with stigma in health facilities and in his community. more
May 21, 2015 0 Comments

Homophobia in Cameroon: “We felt like prey hiding from a predator”

On the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, a gay man from Cameroon speaks out about how homophobia forced him to live a lie and flee his community. more
May 17, 2015 0 Comments

Homophobic violence hinders HIV response in Kenya

As the world embarks on an ambitious strategy to end AIDS by 2030, failure to protect the sexual and human rights of sexual minorities is putting this goal and many lives at risk. more
May 17, 2015 0 Comments

Decriminalising homosexuality in Kenya will help reduce HIV

In Kenya, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people, is putting them at increased risk of HIV. more
May 15, 2015 0 Comments

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