UNAIDS Discusses Progress Against Discriminatory Laws, Criminalization
UNAIDS: Charting progress against discrimination
“Criminalization affects access to health services, housing, education, social protection, and employment. The criminalization of same-sex sexual relationships, sex work, or drug use prevents people from accessing health care services, including HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. … Countries that decriminalize drug use and make harm reduction services available have seen reductions in new HIV infections. … [R]eductions in new HIV infections are not the only outcome — other outcomes include improvements in well-being and trust in law enforcement, reductions in violence, and increased access to health care and support services. Above all, however, decriminalization of people results in them no longer being seen as criminals and stigmatized by society” (7/12).