UNAIDS Welcomes Constitutional Court Of Colombia’s Decision To Decriminalize HIV Transmission
UNAIDS: UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court of Colombia to strike down the section of the criminal code criminalizing HIV transmission
“UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court of Colombia to remove the section of the criminal code that criminalizes HIV and Hepatitis B transmission. Overly broad criminalization of HIV transmission is ineffective, discriminatory, and does not support efforts to prevent new HIV infections. … The Constitutional Court of Colombia established that the law violated the principles of equality and non-discrimination, as it singled out people living with HIV, stigmatizing them and limiting their rights. The Court established that the law created a differential treatment that is not reasonable — and therefore constituted discrimination. The Court further established that such law violated the sexual rights of people living with HIV and it was ineffective to meet any public health objectives…” (6/13).