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AIDS 2014: Law and Policy Must Be Part of the Solution for AIDS [VIDEO]


Reforming laws that criminalize and discriminate against people with HIV and key affected populations is a necessary part of the response to the epidemic, according to renowned Australian jurist the Hon. Michael Kirby, speaking at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) taking place this week in Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Kirby speaks at AIDS 2014 opening press briefing, July 20, 2014

Kirby offered a remembrance for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and discussed HIV and the law at a media briefing and the opening session on Sunday, July 20. Kirby gave the annual Jonathan Mann lecture, honoring another prominent leader who died in a plan crash en route to an AIDS meeting.

"In a strange way the terrible event that has happened has strengthened the resolve of those meeting here to be sure we address the ongoing issue of HIV and AIDS and bring an end to this fearsome epidemic and bring its lessons into other areas of health care," Kirby said.



M Kirby. Jonathan Mann memorial lecture: HIV and the law. 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014). Melbourne, July 20-25, 2014. Opening session and press briefing.