More than 33 million people are living with HIV/AIDS around the world. Marginalized people, including sex workers and drug users who face stigma and discrimination, are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other health problems. They are often denied health care or the means to protect themselves from infection. The Open Society Policy Center works to address the root causes of vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and poor health care.
OPSC’s legislative focus areas on public health include meeting the resource needs of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, expanding support for evidence-based HIV prevention programs, fighting free speech restrictions in foreign aid programs that interfere with sound public health policy, like the “prostitution pledge requirement”, ensuring that states have the option to use federal funds for syringe exchange programs to fight HIV/AIDS, and expanding access to treatment for drug addiction both in the United States and abroad.