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


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.

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Montenegro, L., Velasque, L., LeGrand, S. et al. Public Health, HIV Care and Prevention, Human Rights and Democracy at a Crossroad in Brazil. AIDS Behav 24, 1–4 (2020).

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  • Brazil
  • Public health
  • Democracy
  • Human rights