To End the Epidemic, Decriminalize HIV

Encouraging people to get tested for HIV isn’t enough to end the AIDS epidemic, argues Chris Beyrer, professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Laws and policies that discourage people from getting tested must also be repealed.

The US lags behind other countries in reversing HIV criminalization and discrimination. In more than 30 states, people living with HIV can be prosecuted under a range of outdated laws. Such legislation increases stigma and deters people from getting tested—and from getting treatment.

Stopping the spread of HIV requires “laws and policies that encourage testing and treatment in safety and dignity,” Beyrer writes.

Source: STAT (Opinion)

Related: IAS 2017: With resources already stretched, cuts will hurt, global health advocates say – ScienceSpeaks

Related: The Next AIDS Pandemic – Foreign Policy (Opinion)

Related: Ugandans take Chinese firm to court in latest HIV workplace battle – Thomson Reuters Foundation

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