Human rights

HIV is inextricably linked with human rights.

Despite the fact that the relationship between HIV and human rights has been understood, human rights abuses continue to fuel HIV epidemics. People who are most affected by a lack of rights or abuse which puts them at increased risk of contracting HIV include:

  • LGBT people
  • Sex workers
  • People who use drugs

People most affected need to be part of the response. Rachel is a transgender sex worker in Namibia, and founder of a community-based organisation, Voice of Hope. Her story is an example of how marginalised people are part of the solution not the problem.



We believe the lives of all human beings are equal and everyone has the right to access the HIV information and services they need for a healthy life.  

While governments all over the world have committed to creating an enabling legal environment to strengthen their HIV responses, many countries have not translated this commitment into national policies and laws.

It is only when human rights are placed at the core of national HIV programmes that positive public health outcomes can be achieved, such as a greater number of people testing for HIV, more people coming forward for HIV treatment and care services and generally people discussing HIV more openly in their communities.

All of our projects take a human rights approach.

Claudia Spellmant of REDLACTRANS on a march through the streets of Guatemala to demand an end to transphobia in Latin America. © Aldo Fernandez /REDLACTRANS/Alliance