HIV is not a Crime. Out Leadership’s Fabrice Houdart is joined by Activist and Sero Project founder Sean Strub for a conversion on HIV Criminalization.
It is now widely recognized that HIV and human rights – particularly of LGBT people – are inextricably linked. HIV also has a tremendous economic cost which weighs on business. A lack of respect for human rights drives the HIV epidemic and increases its impact, while at the same time, HIV undermines progress in the realization of human rights. Human rights violations in the context of HIV include the criminalization and enactment of punitive laws which target key populations and people living with HIV. Today 68 countries still criminalize HIV non-disclosure, exposure, or transmission, and that at the end of 2017, prosecutions had been reported in 69 countries – with the United States, Canada, Belarus and Russia having the largest number. This Out Leadership lunch event will discuss global developments, the backsliding on human rights of PLVH, what measures are necessary to protect human rights in the context of HIV and what business can do to contribute to positive social change.
Sean Strub Writer, HIV Activist & Mayor Milford, Pennsylvania
Sean Strub is the mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania, and has been living with HIV for more than 35 years. He is the founder of POZ magazine, the first openly HIV+ person to run for federal office in the U.S. and the author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival (Scribner 2014) as well as two books on corporate social responsibility. He serves as the executive director of the Sero Project, a U.S.-based national network of people living with HIV that is best known for its work combating HIV criminalization. Strub’s short film, HIV is Not a Crime, introduced the problem of HIV criminalization to audiences and advocates around the world.