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IAS statement: Ending racism involves us all

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As champions of health and rights, we add our voices to the global chorus condemning the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others – and denounce the structural racism that enabled their deaths.

This past week has laid bare frustrations and desperation around deep-seated societal ills. Black people will continue to be at the receiving end of injustice unless society at all levels acknowledges and resolutely addresses its fault-lines.

The International AIDS Society views racism, wherever it occurs around the world, as one of the greatest threats to public health and greatest obstacles in ending AIDS.

Stigma and discrimination drive health disparities worldwide and determine whether or not someone has access to health care, effective treatment and lifesaving information to stay healthy.

We stand in solidarity with those personally facing racism and discrimination and with those calling for meaningful change. The IAS pledges to confront racism, stigma and discrimination, and contribute to ending disparities, wherever we see them.

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