Vermont CARES has concurred with the World Health Organization and others for years that encouraging human rights globally – and locally – is instrumental in reducing new HIV infections.  Oppression, stigma, and putative policy together create environments in which this virus can spread more easily, increasing the human impact on all of us.  A clear and concise summary of discussions at the recent International AIDS Conference in Vienna is linked here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/human-rights-abuses-undermine-fight-against-aids-world-health-body-says/article1644238/