Evaluation of the Global Commission on
HIV and the Law

June 2021

The end of the global AIDS epidemic is within our reach. We must renew our commitment to respect human dignity and end injustice to ensure no one is left behind.

Law prohibits or permits specific behaviours, and in so doing, shapes politics, economics and society. The law can be a human good that makes a material difference in people’s lives. It is therefore not surprising that law has the power to bridge the gap between vulnerability and resilience to HIV.

In just four decades, over 40.1 million people have died of AIDS, and 84.2 million have been infected with HIV. The HIV epidemic has become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. It is also a crisis of law, human rights and social justice. The good news is that we now have all the evidence and tools we need to radically slow new HIV infections and stop HIV-related deaths. Paradoxically, this comes at a time when bad laws and other political obstacles are standing in the way of success.

The Global Commission on HIV and the Law undertook 18 months of extensive research, consultation, analysis and deliberation. Its sources included the testimony of more than 700 people most affected by HIV-related legal environments from 140 countries, in addition to expert submissions and the large body of scholarship on HIV, health and the law
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