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Legal changes are crucial to fight HIV, says new report

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4687 (Published 09 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4687
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Structural changes in law and public policy around the world could almost halve the incidence of HIV, lowering it from 2.1 million to 1.2 million new infections a year, says a new report.1

“Punitive laws and human rights abuses are costing lives, wasting money, and stifling the global AIDS response,” said the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in its report, released on Monday 9 July. The commission is an independent body created by the United Nations’ joint programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Development Programme.

The report calls for an end to laws that criminalise the transmission of HIV, which currently …

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