Addressing Stigma, Discrimination, and Human Rights

  • Michael Merson
  • Stephen Inrig


The Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) continued efforts to address discrimination and stigma surrounding the disease. In particular, we detail in this chapter how GPA tackled controversial travel bans adopted by several countries, including the United States, which restricted entry of people with HIV and AIDS. This included navigating the politics of AIDS and AIDS activism, particularly with regard to the 6th International Conference on AIDS in San Francisco in 1990 and the International Conference of People Living with HIV in Acapulco, Mexico in 1993. We describe how GPA tried to operationalize a health and human rights framework into its activities at global and country levels, a framework that had first been put forth by GPA’s founding Director, Jonathan Mann.


Human rights Stigma Discrimination Health and human rights framework Travel ban International Conference on AIDS 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Merson
    • 1
  • Stephen Inrig
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke Global Health InstituteDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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