This report represents conclusions reached at a 2009 conference sponsored by the International Center for Research on Women, aids2031, the United Nations Development Program, the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, and the Ford Foundation. The conference's numerous attendees, including the Center for HIV Law and Policy, convened to explore why the AIDS response has made relatively little progress worldwide in the prevention of sexually transmitted HIV and what must be done to ensure an effective long-term response. The report recommends several specific actions, including the establishment of minimum legal standards to reduce vulnerability and enable the development of AIDS resilience, most notably the decriminalization of HIV status, transmission, and exposure, the decriminalization of sex work, the removal of prohibitions on same-sex relationships and sexual practices, and the guarantee of equal rights of people living with HIV and AIDS. The report also recommends that national responses prioritize structural approaches, such as poverty reduction and strengthening education, arguing that promoting social justice is essential for an effective, long-term response to AIDS.
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.