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HIV criminalisation laws and ending the US HIV epidemic

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The USA has initiated plans to reduce HIV incidence by 90% over the next 10 years
through the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative. To succeed, the nation will need to
not only overcome the scientific and programmatic barriers to testing, treatment,
and prevention, but also to address the legal obstacles, racial discrimination, economic
disadvantage, and homophobia that underpin many of the disparities that are prevalent
in the HIV epidemic. These social barriers directly prevent access to services and
indirectly impede efforts to change HIV from an exceptional, stigmatised disease to
a preventable and treatable infection. One area that continues to cause concern for
some people with HIV, activists, and public health officials are HIV criminalisation
laws


  • Harsono D
  • Galletly CL
  • O’Keefe E
  • Lazzarini Z
Criminalization of HIV exposure: a review of empirical studies in the United States.


AIDS Behav.
2017;
21
:
27-50