A year and a half ago the Global Commission on HIV and the Law put out its report, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health with recommendations addressing the discriminatory practices that fuel HIV epidemics. Problems the report pointed to included overreaching patent protections and criminalization of HIV transmission, as well as abuses of people who use injecting drugs, men who have sex with men, prisoners, migrants, and people who work in commercial sex transactions. The time since — which has brought the passage of Nigeria’s and Uganda’s anti-gay bills, and India’s reinstatement of its colonial era law, a made-in-USA plan to undo South Africa’s patent reform draft, the Ukraine crackdown on NGOs, etc. — has been a regressive one for legislation, practice and progress addressing human rights among populations with the greatest exposure to HIV and the least access to HIV prevention, care and treatment. So this report comes with recommendations to advance the recommendations, including outreach to Parliamentarians, rights-based training for law enforcement, work with media, community and religious leaders to identify and address stigma and discrimination, and more.
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