“Human rights are no longer considered peripheral to the AIDS response. Human rights are an essential tool of public health. 80% of countries explicitly acknowledge or address human rights in their national AIDS strategies. However, 80 countries still have punitive laws against people with HIV which pose significant challenges to the AIDS response”
Read more at Management Sciences for Health’s blog on a discussion on the reality facing vulnerable populations: the risk of exposure to HIV, the lack of prevention and treatment programming targeted at these populations, the stigma and discrimination they face and the human rights violations affecting these groups.