UNAIDS Executive Director’s speech to the High Level Policy Consultation on the Criminalization of HIV Nondisclosure, Exposure and Transmission, Oslo, Norway
Almost 30 years after the first cases of AIDS, the law is still being used to criminalize the transmission of HIV. The full impact of these laws is not well documented or understood, but we understand too well how they further marginalize people living with HIV: They fuel stigma. They damage efforts to prevent, treat and care for HIV. They remove incentives for people to get tested. And they undermine public trust in health care providers.