How Do Policing Practices in the U.S. Affect HIV?

Published: December 18, 2014

Julie "JD" Davids
Original Article:

Policing practices where we live — in the South, especially in Georgia — affect HIV in a few ways. The level of misinformation or stigma that exists within individuals who are police officers, or within the management and policymakers of policing policies, means they don’t get that HIV is not a crime.

For certain populations — like transgender women, sex workers, active drug users, especially those who use needles for their drugs — policing policies don’t necessarily line up with the prevention policies that the rest of us need, like supporting sex workers to have as many tools, including condoms, that they need, and decriminalizing their work.

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