World AIDS Day: Where Do We Go From Here?

1 12 2009

There’s been a bit of radio silence here, as you may have noticed, though I’m still blogging fairly regularly with my ladies at the F-Wave. I wanted to break that silence, though, to make a comment on World AIDS Day.

Last year this time, I was on the floor of my apartment in Iowa City with my friend Rita, researching and creating a poster presentation to mark the day at our law school. I remember thinking as we did that presentation how many populations are affected by AIDS, and also how much AIDS is tied in with legal/political issues in various tangential arenas. Take a moment today to think about some of these, and add your own in the comments:

  • Funding for development, both HIV/AIDS related and generally
  • Laws that criminalize/penalize sex workers and those who work with them
  • Sex education, especially focused on sexual violence prevention
  • Marginalization of women of color and women generally worldwide
  • Laws that keep HIV positive people and people living with AIDS from adequate health insurance coverage, work, travel, and giving blood
  • Sodomy laws that make it difficult to work with men who have sex with men and provide proper prevention and treatment, as well as endangering unknowing wives
  • The use of rape as a weapon of war in Darfur and elsewhere
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