This excerpt from the Center for HIV Law and Policy’s Community Advocate Toolkit, produced in 2013, lists talking points, each including a list of supporting resources and links. Covers many of the legal, public health, human rights, and social justice issues that HIV criminalization raises.
Assessed current attitudes about HIV-related issues and tested messages that might be used to educate the general public and gain support for advocacy to modernise or repeal HIV criminalisation statutes. Suggests great opportunity to change public opinion but messaging must be simple, easy to understand and to the point. Information that current laws are inconsistent with scientific knowledge had considerable resonance, as does messaging that HIV laws unintentionally discourage testing, obtaining treatment and voluntary disclosure. Messages about civil liberties were least effective.
Suggests the general public is likely to endorse HIV criminalisation as fair and credible if used to punish actions that cause considerable harm. While it may not be possible to gain public support for a sweeping elimination of HIV criminalisation laws, a realistic advocacy agenda may involve arguments for limiting statutes and prosecutions to egregious cases where considerable harm is caused.
Asks whether “after more than 25 years one has to wonder if researchers and advocates might be simply ‘preaching to the choir’”. Argues that advocacy will benefit from applying more time to understanding the systems and beliefs that allow HIV criminalisation to endure.
Provides concrete campaigning techniques such as mapping stakeholder participation and power, identifying advocacy targets, and building capacity
This training manual helps lay the foundation for civil society advocates to become citizen journalists. It brings together journalism skills and advocacy goals to help Key Correspondents share their perspectives and experience with decision makers and wider audiences to influence the discourse around HIV and related issues. The manual introduces the basic components of journalism; so correspondents can write their stories with accuracy and using a journalistic approach to improve the potential of being published in mainstream media. It is a ‘how to’ guide for individual study.
Manual for people who want to speak out and change attitudes to HIV and who want to advocate for appropriate HIV laws, policies and practices. Includes steps to a successful advocacy campaign and examples of how people living with HIV around the world have specifically advocated for policy change, and some of their success stories.
The purpose of this guide is to help advocates who want to use research in their activism. It is not a guide about how to conduct original research. Instead, it focuses on how to find, read and interpret research on HIV criminalisation, giving examples of how advocates have successfully used research to challenge HIV criminalisation.