A judge puts an HIV-positive pregnant woman in prison based solely on his concern for her unborn child, implicitly questioning her ability to protect her and her baby’s health.
While some states do criminalize HIV exposure, a U.S. District Judge does more than this – he imprisons a woman for the mere possibility that she might transmit HIV in the future.
Criminalization of HIV transmission and exposure places blame on one sexual partner rather than encouraging equal responsibility in safe sex.
I must voice my strong disagreement with those who are choosing not to recognize the critical paradigm shift that has been introduced in the 2010 budget: a focus on integration.
President Obama nominates Dr. Eric Goosby, a long-time AIDS expert and medical doctor, for the post of Global AIDS Coordinator.
Pope Benedict pronounces, as he departs for Africa, that condoms
actually increase the AIDS problem. HIV and AIDS remains an
out-of-control plague across southern Africa and the Pope has again
done incalculable damage to AIDS prevention.
Stanford professors recently confirmed what many in the advocacy community saw coming: PEPFAR has made significant progress on ensuring access to care and treatment, but has not curbed new infections.
For Namibian HIV positive women who need to access health services for their survival, hospitals should be a place of safety, not stigma, coercion, or forced sterilization.
The former Global AIDS Coordinator whose program was the basis for PEPFAR recently said that “reproductive health is a clean word,” and that the “integration of reproductive health services with HIV” programming should be a priority.
The fight for better prevention policy for women in U.S. global AIDS programs was lost in the reauthorization process last year.