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Discriminatory laws threaten effective response to HIV/AIDS, conference hears

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4802 (Published 23 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4802
  1. Patralekha Chatterjee
  1. 1Melbourne

Laws that criminalise vulnerable populations are key barriers to an effective response to HIV and AIDS, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne has heard.

The GAP report by UNAIDS,1 released just ahead of the conference, noted that the number of people who were newly infected with HIV had continued to decline in most parts of the world and that AIDS related deaths had fallen by 35% since their peak in 2005. But it warned that punitive laws that discriminate against key populations—such as men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and transgender people—persist and threaten …

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