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(Video) Speaking Out About The Criminalization of HIV

Written By: Audacia Ray
May 20, 2009

 

The criminalization of HIV transmission is only one of many misguided attempts to limit the spread of HIV, but it’s a pretty scary one. Because HIV/AIDS is deadly, some governments have begun to prosecute HIV positive people who transmit the virus to others, knowingly or unknowingly. As you might imagine, there are a lot of troubling things that can happen as a result of this development. In the video above, youth member of the Association de Lutte Contre Les Violences Faites Aux Femmes (ALVF) Ingrid Agouak shares her thoughts on the criminalization of HIV (which she pronounces in French: VIH). This interview about the criminalization of HIV and parental consent for HIV testing was shot by IWHC staff member Jen Wilen while they were in Kribi, Cameroun for an advocacy training.

Here are some other thought-provoking pieces about HIV criminalization:
Aziza Ahmed’s great piece on the subject at RH Reality Check.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World AIDS Campaign, International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), and Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) have put together a really great and thought-provoking (with nice graphic design even!) two-page factsheet about HIV Criminalization. You can download the PDF here.

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