Confronting the HIV challenge in Pakistan: How human rights abuses are fuelling HIV risk.

Abstract

This policy briefing makes the following main points: Pakistan has multiple risk factors for an increasing HIV epidemic; injecting drug users and sex workers are at greatest risk; these groups are interlinked and connected with the general population, so an epidemic could affect multiple populations; discrimination and violence committed by the police and others is contributing to HIV risk in these populations; and addressing these human rights violations is crucial to improving public health.

Citation

Programme for Research and Capacity Building in Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV in Developing Countries policy briefing no. 2, April 2009.

Confronting the HIV challenge in Pakistan: How human rights abuses are fuelling HIV risk.

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