UNAIDS Director Calls For Ending Stigma and Discrimination

Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, one of the featured speakers at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. this week, is calling for an end to HIV transmission from mother-to-child, which continues to occur hundreds of thousands of times a year.

Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, one of the featured speakers at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. this week has called for ending discrimination and stigma in order to confront HIV/AIDS worldwide.

When Sidibé came to the San Francisco Bay Area on a “listening tour” a few weeks ago to talk about his plan for 2015, he spoke about this issue.

“It is our choice,” he said. “We can end discrimination. We can really decide to say, ‘we don’t want any more of those bad laws,’ which are homophobic or which will discriminate people for what they are or for who they love.”

Ending stigma and discrimination is one of the issues identified in the official declaration of the conference.  Read about it in the Washington D.C. Declaration.

About jason-socrates-bardi

Jason Socrates Bardi is the Director of Media Services at the American Institute of Physics, located outside Washington, D.C. Jason's background is in structural biology and infectious diseases, and he has graduate degrees in molecular biophysics and science journalism from Johns Hopkins University. A science writer since 1998, Jason is the author of two books ("The Calculus Wars" and "The Fifth Postulate") and has worked as a senior press officer and science writer at NASA, The Scripps Research Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a component of the NIH, and the University of California, San Francisco.
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