July 2010

Laws against HIV transmission counter- productive UN Human Rights chief tells MPs

20th July 2010

APPG in Vienna...

The UN’s top human rights adviser on torture, urged MPs from around the world to think carefully before creating laws that criminalise the transmission of HIV, at a packed event today in the Austrian parliament.

Professor Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, told MPs that there was no evidence that such laws were effective in reducing transmission and on the contrary, they made fighting AIDS more difficult.

He warned that such laws “created a false sense of security amongst HIV negatives.”