Malta, M. and Beyrer, C. “The HIV epidemic and human rights violations in Brazil.” Journal of the International AIDS Society. Vol. 16. Issue 1. (2013).

In the 1990s, the nation took a more accepting approach to handling the health crisis, which has resulted in lowered mortality rates and less intense stigmatization of marginalized groups such as the queer community and drug users. However, recent administrations have reverted back to the viewpoint that stigmatizes the health crisis. In 2012, the Brazilian Ministry of Health began a campaign designed to censor information about AIDS prevention in young men, citing that it provoked homosexual tendencies.

The relationship between the nation’s perspective on the topic of homosexuality and their philosophy in handling the AIDS/HIV crisis are directly link. In times of acceptance of LGBTQ communities, AIDS prevention and education have been productive and successful, whereas periods of low acceptance and high stigmatization have resulted in higher mortality and less access to information on how to lead healthy lifestyles that prevent the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

The administrations of recent years are responsible for the growth of this health crisis, and new perspectives on AIDS must be adopted in order to keep the crisis in check.

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