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.
Scovia, aged 22, who lives with her grandparents in the rural area of Kajokeji County in South Sudan, recently tested positive for HIV. more
Claire Gasamagera explains why she became a citizen journalist. “I was born and have grown up with HIV. I became an activist when I was 18 as I couldn’t accept the way people living with HIV were treated as dying victims, not living human beings.” more
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