Real Stories

Sharing personal stories of HIV criminalization is essential to building the evidence base on this issue. These stories illustrate the human consequences of the legal and policy decisions of HIV-related prosecutions and investigations. 

The real stories in this section come from 'Behind Bars',  an international collection of interviews exposing the effect criminal laws on HIV transmission are having on people’s working and private lives around the world.

The stories illustrate the personal and professional dilemmas faced by:

•doctors, 
•lawyers, 
•researchers,  
•advocates, 
•parliamentarians and others. 

As the stories reveal, criminalization is a blunt instrument which often fails to provide justice for those involved and can cause greater harm than good. 

To share your own story or perspective on criminalisation click here.

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