On February 25th, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the International AIDS Society (IAS), all organizations of health care professionals caring for people living with HIV, issued a joint statement expressing concern for imprisoned nurse Rosemary Namubiru who was arrested, jailed, and charged by the Ugandan government with attempted murder resulting from a workplace needlestick accident. ANAC, HIVMA, and IAS caution that the arresting and imprisoning of Ms. Namubiru, a nurse with 35 years of experience, “for an accident that unfortunately regularly occurs in clinical settings actually enhances stigma and represents a significant setback in the fight for universal human rights and against HIV/AIDS.”
CHLP fights stigma and discrimination at the intersection of HIV, race, health status, disability, class, sexuality and gender identity and expression, with a focus on criminal and public health systems. As part of this work, we support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change rooted in racial, gender and economic justice. We do this through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources.