UN: AIDS Response 'Under Threat' Due to Stigmas

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    The Facts

    • The United Nations AIDS program, UNAIDS, says that the global response to the disease is "under threat" due to a backlash against lifestyles that stigmatize groups most at risk of contracting the HIV infection.

    • Winnie Byanyima, executive director of UNAIDS, said that countries with laws targeting the LGBTQ community, sex work, and drug use are seeing a rise or plateau in new infections.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    The erosion of human rights in many countries is not only a significant moral concern, but it also undermines the progress made toward ending AIDS as a public health threat. Countries are passing inhumane laws against the LGBTQ community, further stigmatizing a marginalized group that's at greater risk of contracting HIV. Countries should focus on helping communities by fighting AIDS instead of stigmatizing vulnerable groups.

    Right narrative

    Political correctness poses a far greater threat to public health and ending diseases like AIDS than these laws do. Groups like the UN and other so-called "public health" organizations promulgate this worldview but it's not correct. Promoting a healthy and moral society will go a long way toward ending AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 32% chance that the number of people globally living with HIV/AIDS in 2037 will be more than in 2017, according to the Metaculus Prediction Community.

    Political split



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