Respect human rights and tackle HIV
There is a trend towards using punitive laws to address HIV. Many countries have recently introduced new laws criminalising HIV transmission. Increased penalities for sex work or sodomy offences have been proposed or enacted.

These are dangerous developments that will lead to more people being infected with HIV, not fewer.

Punitive laws and enforcement practices make it more difficult for HIV programmes to reach sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and people who use drugs.

Leadership from government and civil society is urgently required to reverse this situation.

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