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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Police must play role in preventing HIV among criminalised groups

Delegates at the 20th International AIDS conference are tackling the issue of law enforcement policies and practices that often undermine the efforts of public health officials to reduce HIV transmission. more
July 23, 2014 0 Comments

Ivory Coast: sexual violence fuels HIV epidemic

Three years after the Ivory Coast post-election crisis of 2010 ended, rape is still a major problem and the security situation for Ivorian women remains bleak. more
July 16, 2014 0 Comments

Investment needed for health and human rights of people who inject drugs

People who inject drugs remain one of the highest-risk groups for contracting HIV, but infringements of their human rights around the world threatens to derail progress on ending AIDS. more
July 15, 2014 0 Comments

Straight from the heart: how I became an HIV activist

I was born in Barbados and we are, at heart, a very peaceful people. But as a child I heard people speak ill of individuals because of their ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation and HIV status. more
June 20, 2014 0 Comments

Mother to child transmission of HIV in Latin America: a long walk to equity

Gender and racial inequalities in Latin America continue to hamper efforts to prevent HIV infections in children, where nearly 7,000 are newly infected each year. more
June 2, 2014 0 Comments

People in Uganda will die because of anti-gay law

Activists and health workers say Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law, passed in February, will lead to an increase in AIDS-related deaths among an already marginalised population. more
May 19, 2014 0 Comments

Indian activist: “No law can define whom I should love”

With the result of India’s general election announced on 16 May, HIV activists are gearing up to petition the new parliament on an archaic law that criminalises sexual minorities. more
May 17, 2014 0 Comments

Confessions of a gay man in Cameroon

Ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (17 May) Junior gives a personal account of life in Cameroon. more
May 16, 2014 2 Comments