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The science is clear, HIV criminalization is abusive, discriminatory and counterproductive

The science is clear, HIV criminalization is abusive, discriminatory and counterproductive

By Chris Beyrer, IAS Past President

Every year, in dozens of countries in every region of the world, people living with HIV are prosecuted for HIV non-disclosure, perceived HIV exposure or, in rare cases, allegedly knowing transmission of the virus. Some of these prosecutions are based on HIV-specific laws while others use general laws, such as assault and battery. Civil society advocates and public health experts have long decried these laws and prosecutions as a human rights violation: they stigmatize people living with HIV and discourage people from learning their HIV status.

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