Planned Parenthood/UNAIDS Lobby to End HIV Positive Disclosure Laws

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and UNAIDS have teamed up to launch a new campaign aimed at eliminating laws which require HIV positive individuals to inform their sex partners of their infection because they claim it’s “too stigmatizing.”

The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) is reporting that the team released a collection of interviews in a video entitled, “Behind Bars,” in which people say the laws fuel the stigma against HIV persons.

“The drive for criminalization of willful transmission of HIV is proving a costly intervention – in terms of time and money spent on investigating individual’s private lives and determining the burden of proof – and seems to have had limited impact on HIV prevention,” the IPPF contends.

“Behind Bars” is part of a larger IPPF campaign entitled, “Criminalize Hate Not HIV”, which was launched at the International Aids Conference in Vienna in July. The video promoting the campaign depicts various sexual scenes and appears to promote homosexual sex, drug use and prostitution, all of which are listed by the Centers for Disease Control as three of the most high-risk behaviors responsible for transmission of HIV.

The IPPF also collaborated with UNAIDS in sponsoring the “Stigma Index”, whose website contains a major section calling for the decriminalization of HIV transmission.

“This clearly shows that IPPF believes that illicit sex is more important that life itself – and they are willing to risk other people’s lives to advance their sexual agenda,” said Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America to C-FAM’s Friday Fax.

Wright went on to point out that the costs of enforcing laws designed to protect the public from HIV/AIDS are nothing in comparison to the costs associated with HIV/AIDS.
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