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World AIDS Day 2018

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Results achieved through UNDP managed Global Fund grants in partnership with national governments and civil society

2.1 million people currently on HIV treatment (2017)

Source: UNDP

41 million people received HIV counselling and testing

Source: UNDP

1 out of 6 people in Africa currently receiving HIV treatment

Source: The Global Fund

WORLD AIDS DAY 2018 ‘Live life positively – know your HIV status’

Knowing your HIV status has many advantages. It is an essential entry point to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services. People who test positive for HIV should be linked immediately to antiretroviral therapy to keep them alive and well and, when viral load suppression is reached, prevent transmission of the virus.

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Global AIDS / HIV statistics in 2017

36.9 million people globally were living with HIV
21.7 million people were accessing treatment
1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV
940 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses

Afghanistan

Homelessness and drug use go hand-in-hand in Kabul and the high prevalence of HIV amongst drug users (4.4%) is one of the main driver of Afghanistan’s HIV epidemic. UNDP’s support to small NGOs is helping HIV positive homeless people to overcome discrimination.

In Afghanistan UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund and national partners has tested 71,000 people and helped support the most vulnerable to overcome discrimination through its work with local NGOs.

An 2,000 people confirmed to be living with HIV in Afghanistan

Source: UNDP

Prevalence of HIV amongst people who inject drugs is high 4.4%

Source: UNDP

71,000 treatment and testing encounters

Source: UNDP

Living for Now: “Last winter many homeless people living with HIV died on the streets. We are trying to save more people this year,” says Idris.

Idris is a 36-year old activist for HIV rights. He is committed to helping people who are homeless or using drugs and living with HIV. Idris knows what these people are going through for a simple reason: he has been living with HIV himself for the past eight years. Read the full story.

#KnowYourStatus: Remove discriminatory laws to promote access to HIV testing for all

The right to health includes the right to access voluntary and confidential HIV testing. Protective laws promote access to universal health coverage for all people. Yet many countries still have discriminatory and punitive laws and policies that create barriers to HIV testing for key populations, for fear of stigma, discrimination and punishment. Law and policy review and reform promotes access to testing and treatment, to end AIDS.

Rights-based, protective laws and policies promote access to HIV testing and treatment, to support the 90-90-90 targets towards ending AIDS. The Global Commission on HIV and the Law’s 2012 and 2018 reports, Risks, Rights & Health show how discriminatory laws and policies can legitimize stigma and give license to discrimination and harassment, preventing people at higher risk of HIV infection from accessing vital health services, including HIV testing.

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In 2017 many countries continue to discriminate against people living with HIV, TB and other vulnerable and key populations. For instance, 44 out of 100 countries reporting to UNAIDS reported having laws specifically criminalizing same-sex sex. UNAIDS 2018 Miles to go—closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices reports that about three quarters of reporting countries criminalize aspect of sex work and nearly half of reporting countries had laws that criminalizing HIV transmission, exposure or non-disclosure.

The right to health includes the right to access HIV testing – a critical pathway to treatment and care for effective, rights-based responses to HIV. The right to HIV testing also includes the right to testing that is

  • Physical accessible
  • Voluntary
  • Confidential
  • Non-discriminatory, to reach all persons without exceptions.