November 28, 2017
This year’s World AIDS Day campaign focuses on the right to health. In the lead-up to this day, 1 December, the #myrighttohealth campaign has explored the challenges people around the world face in exercising their right to health. The campaign provides information about the right to health and what impact it has on people’s lives. It also aims to increase the visibility around the need to achieve the full realization of the right to health by everyone, everywhere.
Almost all of the Sustainable Development Goals are linked in some way to health, so achieving the SDGs, which include ending the AIDS epidemic, will depend heavily on ensuring the right to health.
People living with HIV
The people most affected by HIV are often the most marginalized in society, including sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, prisoners, migrants, etc. They are also the most frequently denied their right to health.
People living with HIV are denied their right to health:
- When they are denied access to health services because of their age, gender, sexual orientation or HIV status.
- When they are denied access to harm reduction services.
- When they don’t carry condoms for fear of criminalization.
- When they don’t know their HIV status for fear of stigma and discrimination.