HIV Does Discriminate: The Worldwide Fight Against Stigma & Discrimination

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In a reversal of a long-standing public health mantra, one of the key messages from AIDS 2014 is that HIV does discriminate. In the last of a three-part series, writer Linda Villarosa lays out the populations most at risk and focuses on MSM and transgender people’s fight for their rights. Go here to read Part 1, which describes the populations most at risk. Go here to read Part 2, which spotlights the issues that sex workers face.

The most clear-cut link between discrimination and stigma and HIV is the repressive anti-LGBT laws that have cropped up in hot spots all over the world. Without a doubt, they are driving the epidemic underground and away from health care in a number of African countries.

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