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IAS 2013: Scientists and Clinicians Must Challenge HIV-related Stigma

Scientists should not only create knowledge to improve the HIV epidemic, they also have a duty to speak out about human rights abuses and ensure that access to effective, high quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs are unimpeded by laws, stigma, and discrimination, experts in human rights and law asserted at several sessions held during the alt7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) this month in Kuala Lumpur.

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UNAIDS, Advocates Publish HIV Criminalization Reports; Webinar June 25

UNAIDS last month released a report on ending overly broad criminalization of HIV exposure and non-intentional transmission, emphasizing that laws should reflect the latest science. International advocates released their own report on HIV criminalization in early June, and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIVPJA) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, June 25, to strategize about the REPEAL HIV Criminalization Act.

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President's HIV/AIDS Council Responds to Unjust HIV Criminalization Laws

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) passed a resolution this month stating that punishments imposed for HIV non-disclosure or exposureareout of proportion to actual harm inflicted, and that HIV criminalization is bad public health policy that fuels the epidemic.alt

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