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Opinion: Engaging LGBT Communities, Ending Discriminatory Policies Necessary to End AIDS

August 20, 2013

Highlighting the "debate about gay rights in the West," Bertrand Audoin, executive director of the International AIDS Society, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, "Three decades of experience in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has provided indisputable evidence that depriving those groups most at risk of HIV infection of their human rights drives them underground." He states, "[T]his deprivation of human rights goes beyond mere civil liberties: It is bad public health." "In the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, it was soon evident that the virus did not discriminate but that governments and people sometimes did," he writes, adding, "Today stigma and discrimination still fuel the epidemic -- and we need look no further than Russia to see how repression and inaction have worsened one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world."

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