Every year, in dozens of countries in every region of the world, people living with HIV are prosecuted for HIV non-disclosure, perceived HIV exposure or, in rare cases, allegedly knowing transmission of the virus. Some of these prosecutions are based on HIV-specific laws while others use general laws, such as assault and battery. Civil society advocates and public health experts have long decried these laws and prosecutions as a human rights violation: they stigmatize people living with HIV and discourage people from learning their HIV status.
But there is a separate, equally important reason to reject this approach: these laws and prosecutions are contrary to current scientific evidence.
Read the full blog by Chris Beyrer, IAS Past President here.