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AIDS 2014: Criminalization Fuels HIV/AIDS Epidemic [VIDEO]

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The role of stigma, discrimination, and criminalization of people living with or at risk for HIV was among the key themes of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) taking place this week in Melbourne, Australia. Groups targeted by stigma and criminal law are thought to account for half of HIV infections worldwide.

Experts working in the area of HIV criminalization and people with HIV who have felt its effects described the situation at an AIDS 2014 media briefing on Wednesday.

Megan McLemorespeaks at AIDS 2014 press briefing, July 23, 2014

"AIDS deaths are down, new infections are down, and more and more people are receiving antiretroviral medication, but we're facing a situation in which biomedical advances are outpacing human rights reforms," said Megan McLemore, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch.

"HIV infection remains stubbornly high among men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender persons, prisoners, and people who inject drugs," she continued. "These 5 groups account for approximately half of new infections worldwide. This is not a coincidence."

7/23/14

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20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014). Melbourne, July 20-25 2014.