In April 2010, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) released its first report, summarizing community discussions that had taken place around the country for the purpose of informing development of a National HIV/AIDS Strategy. In response to this report, in May 2010 the Center for HIV Law and Policy, Lambda Legal and the ACLU AIDS Project submitted this letter to identify several additional issues that received insufficient attention in the report. Rather than attempting a comprehensive analysis of all human rights issues that require tracking in the roll-out of a coordinated national response to AIDS, the comments focus on several discrete issues, and proposed steps to (1) address continuing public ignorance about HIV and its transmission; (2) ensure effective HIV testing; and (3) end state-supported stigma and discrimination with respect to criminal prosecutions of people living with HIV and inhumane treatment of correctional facility inmates who have HIV).
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender and economic justice.