On the advent of World AIDS Day, The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) emphasized that rights violations that impede the response to the AIDS epidemic globally are also a critical problem in the United States, stating that the United States' response to AIDS should be a model of commitment to both human rights and the public health. But instead, our HIV/AIDS policies are increasingly ineffective and punitive, because they are driven by ideology and bigotry, not by sound science. For example, U.S. prisons, jails, and detention facilities, like those in post-Soviet countries, provide virtually no comprehensive prevention education, and access to condoms and clean needles for injecting drug users is widely proscribed. The statement accompanied the release of a declaration, "Human Rights and HIV/AIDS: Now More Than Ever," endorsed by more than 30 leading AIDS organizations around the world and calling for a major shift in the global response to HIV/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.