HIV/AIDS Domestic Policies and Stigma

This week’s discussion on HIV/AIDS domestic policies and stigma was hosted by the Equal Justice center and the Healthcare center.

The discussion covered a variety of angles from education policies, to the effect of socio-economic status on HIV medicine access. One of the most important points brought up in the discussion was the need for better mechanisms of education to groups with high-levels of untreated HIV. Alongside multifaceted education for those with HIV as well as preventative and awareness programs for all others, subsidized treatment plans were discussed. HIV treatment is very expensive and many cannot afford it — especially minority groups and those of lower socioeconomic class, which are the groups most disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. On a very different point, the question of knowledge was brought up. What should a person do if they have contracted HIV from a partner who did not disclose the information prior to intercourse? Should they sue? Should they only sue if the other person did not know they HIV? Should there be a database for HIV positive people that lists other people of the same status? These are just some questions and points discussed in a very involved conversation about the possible future of HIV/AIDS in the US.