AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 1–4 | Cite as

Public Health, HIV Care and Prevention, Human Rights and Democracy at a Crossroad in Brazil

  • Luiz Montenegro
  • Luciane Velasque
  • Sara LeGrand
  • Kathryn Whetten
  • Ricardo de Mattos Russo Rafael
  • Monica MaltaEmail author


On January 2019, Brazil’s new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro was sworn into office. Bolsonaro’s administration supports downsizing the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS), while increasing the size of the private health sector. The new administration might leave millions of Brazilians without medical care, including hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS. Bolsonaro’s administration, allied with a highly conservative Congress and sharp decreases in federal funding for public health, education and research, could jeopardize key health and human rights strategies focused on women, LGBTQ + individuals, Indigenous populations, and people living with HIV/AIDS.


Brazil HIV/AIDS Public health Democracy Human rights 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Health, Sergio Arouca National School of Public Health (DEMQS-ENSP)FIOCRUZRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Center for Health Policy and Inequalities ResearchDuke Global Health InstituteDurhamUSA
  4. 4.Public Health Nursing DepartmentRio de Janeiro State University (UERJ)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  5. 5.Division of Equity, Gender and Population, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  6. 6.Institute for Mental Health Policy ResearchCentre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)TorontoCanada
  7. 7.Social Science Department, Sergio Arouca National School of Public Health (DCS/ENSP)FIOCRUZRio de JaneiroBrazil

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