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.
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
In South Africa, young men who have sex with men are increasingly exploring their sexuality at university, without always understanding the HIV and other health risks they are taking. more
Over 350 researchers, gender activists, policy makers, practitioners and survivors from around the world convened in South Africa for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum this week. more
Next week, 193 governments will attend the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York to adopt new sustainable development goals. But how serious are they about ensuring no one is left behind in the goal to ensure healthy lives for all? more
Gautam Yadav catches up with Harmless Hugs’ team member Shashank Kashyap for the inside story on the LGBT flash mob that hit the headlines. more
Amnesty International’s new policy on sex work is an important milestone, but the fight for sex worker rights is far from over. more
When the United States made same-sex marriage a constitutional right, I celebrated alongside thousands in the global community by changing my Facebook profile to the colours of the rainbow. more