The nexus between human rights and HIV/AIDS is much the same today as it was in 2004 when this magazine last focused on the issue. And, yet, every day brings new challenges to the forefront as lawyers and their allies strive to address the continuing legacy of the virus. In the pages that follow, we hope to shine a light on the human rights issues at home and around the globe that continue to fuel this epidemic.
The theme Rights Here, Right Now underscores the sobering reality that without more focused attention to human rights, the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support is unattainable.
Advocating for and protecting human rights is linked to promoting and protecting health, and the promotion of human rights is a fundamental tenet of effectively addressing HIV/AIDS.
Culture, history, and laws can combine to deny women and girls equal access to HIV prevention and care.
The nexus of the global epidemics of sex trafficking and HIV/AIDS primarily manifests in the lives of women and girls. This in-tersection exists in sex trafficking victims’ increased vulnerability to HIV infection, the proliferation of HIV infection through sex trafficking, and the perceived and actual clashes between HIV and sex trafficking prevention efforts.
Men who have sex with men face unique, significant, and widespread human rights challenges with regard to HIV/AIDS.
Among a host of controversial issues that envelop HIV/AIDS is the role religion plays in combating and responding to the dis-ease.
The prevalence of communicable and chronic diseases among prisoners during incarceration and upon release demonstrates the severity and extent of unmet health-care needs—especially for those with HIV/AIDS.
Embedded in those graphic images of death and destruction and of those trying to save lives in the immediate aftermath of a rapid-onset natural disaster is the unseen and seldom-discussed “collateral mortality” that accompanies such emergencies—loss of continuity in care for those living with HIV.
Screening for HIV is necessary to detect the presence of the virus and to determine whether transmission/infection has occurred and whether and when to start treatment.
Electronic medical records clearly facilitate the aggregation of massive amounts of data about people’s experiences with particular genetic markers, diseases, medications, and other treatments.
After establishing himself as a virtual icon within the world of American politics, Ronald V. Dellums left that world and entered the battle to combat HIV and AIDS.