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August 15, 2012

Punitive Laws Undermine HIV Prevention, Says Report

JAMA. 2012;308(7):661. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.9970

Laws, policies, and legally sanctioned customs in more than 100 countries undermine efforts to prevent new HIV infections and provide medical care for people with HIV/AIDS, according to a recent report from the United Nations–backed Global Commission on HIV and the Law (http://tinyurl.com/82e62xy).

“Too many countries waste vital resources by enforcing archaic laws that ignore science and perpetuate stigma,” said Commission chair and former president of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso in a statement.