A lack of respect for human rights drives the HIV epidemic. The marginalisation, stigmatisation and criminalisation of some groups of people increases their vulnerability to HIV; gender inequalities can prevent women and girls from being able to protect themselves from HIV; and discrimination prevents equitable access to healthcare.

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  • UNAIDS urges action to change discriminatory laws in order to restore dignity and respect and save lives

    On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection

    01 March 2019 | UNAIDS press release
  • Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Conduct

    Angola has finally shed the divisive “vices against nature” provision in its law, widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexual conduct.

    25 January 2019 | Human Rights Watch LGBT
  • Vigilante Raid on Indonesian HIV Group

    This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting “LGBT activities.” The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined by Indonesian soldiers and local residents in an incident that follows a disturbing pattern of similar vigilante raids across Indonesia. 

    18 January 2019 | Human Rights Watch LGBT
  • Russian HIV Prevention Group Closes After Fine Under 'Foreign-Agent' Law

    A Russian nongovernmental organization focused on preventing the spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS says it has closed its office in the Siberian region of Altai Krai because it has not been able to raise funds to pay a fine for refusing to register in Russia as a “foreign agent.”

    05 December 2018 | RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
  • Attorney General of Canada to issue Directive Regarding Prosecutions of HIV Non-Disclosure Cases

    The Directive to be issued by the Attorney General of Canada will reflect the most recent scientific evidence related to the risks of sexual transmission of HIV, as reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as the applicable criminal law as clarified by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Directive will state that, in HIV non-disclosure cases, the Director shall not prosecute where the person living with HIV has maintained a suppressed viral load (i.e. under 200 copies of the virus per millilitre of blood) because there is no realistic possibility of transmission.

    03 December 2018 | Government of Canada
  • Stigma means Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise

    Stigma around homosexuality and drug use means Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts have said, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

    29 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • SA scientist honoured by HIV community

    South African HIV scientist Professor Linda-Gail Bekker was awarded the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights last night (21 October) at a conference in Madrid, Spain.

    23 October 2018 | Health-e News
  • US Military Defends Policy That Could Kick Out Soldiers With HIV

    The Trump administration defended a new military policy that will allegedly result in HIV-positive service members being fired in violation of their constitutional rights when it takes effect Oct. 1.

    11 September 2018 | Bloomberg
  • UNAIDS welcomes ground-breaking decision by India’s Supreme Court that strikes down law criminalizing LGBTI people

    UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of India to annul key provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 377 criminalizes sexual relations between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. 

    06 September 2018 | UNAIDS
  • Uganda: Minister Blocks HIV/Aids Conference Because it Promotes Homosexuality

    Ethics and Integrity Minister, Simon Lokodo, has blocked an HIV/Aids conference, saying it was organized to promote "homosexuality and other dirty things."

    04 May 2018 | AllAfrica
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