Challenging HIV Criminalisation in the East African Community: A Brief for Parliamentarians

Experts across the world agree that HIV criminalisation is bad for public health and violates human rights. Yet in our communities, HIV criminalisation can be a contentious issue with  public discourse on the issue is also often grounded in fear and misconceptions about HIV and in stigma against people living with HIV. This brief  by ARASA and our partners working in East Africa aims to be an accessible tool for parliamentarians in the East African Community (“EAC”) to understand HIV criminalisation. It aims to equip parliamentarians and others with the tools to address misinformation and stigma about HIV with facts, science and human rights, and to develop strategies to rationalise, modernise and improve our communities’ legal responses to HIV.