Reaffirming the Leadership of People Living With HIV in the AIDS Response
July 18, 2016
"LIVING 2016: positive leadership summit" saw 300 people living with HIV from all around the world gather together on 16 and 17 July in Durban, South Africa, ahead of the 21st International AIDS Conference.
The participants discussed the needs of people living with HIV and the community-led response to access to quality and rights-based services, stigma and discrimination, criminalization and violence, access to treatment and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The meeting reviewed the successes since AIDS 2000, held in Durban, but highlighted the remaining challenges: only half of people living with HIV have access to treatment, more than 1 million people living with HIV die every year, resources for the AIDS response are declining, stigma and discrimination remain barriers to access to services and inequities in access are costing lives.
The greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV was a cross-cutting theme throughout the two-day meeting.
The participants reaffirmed the diversity of people living with HIV and asserted the need to work together with networks of key populations as advocates to mobilize the resources for an effective AIDS response, to demand and support legal and policy reform that respect everyone's rights and to hold governments, donors, the United Nations and networks of people living with HIV accountable.
This article was provided by UNAIDS. It is a part of the publication The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). Visit UNAIDS' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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