Statement of Policy: Opposing Stigma and Discrimination against Persons with Communicable Diseases, National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) (2013)

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This is a policy statement issued by the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) on the urgent need to address stigma and discrimination against persons with communicable diseases, including HIV, STIs, all forms of viral hepatitis, and tuberculosis. The statement notes that disease-specific laws and policies that result in prosecutions fuel stigma and discrimination against affected communities. NACCHO encourages local health departments to assist state legislatures in reviewing HIV-specific criminal statutes to ensure that they are consistent with current knowledge of HIV transmission and support public health approaches to prevention and treatment. 

NACCHO represents the 2,700 local health departments across the United States.