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HIV

Overview

An aggressive global response has finally started to push the HIV epidemic into decline. The number of new infections is falling and more people than ever before can access lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART). Breakthroughs in prevention—including post-exposure prophylaxis, voluntary medical male circumcision, and progress made in both microbicide and vaccine research and development—have revived hopes of ending new infections.

While the epidemic is far from over, adequate investments in the right areas can now bring the goal of universal treatment, viral load suppression, and sustained epidemic control to fruition. Moving forward requires implementation of specific clinical policies, as well as major legal, regulatory, and governance reform by country stakeholders. Innovative financing and considerable national and subnational budget increases are also essential.

To achieve positive outcomes, rapid action is needed on multiple fronts simultaneously, starting with clear recognition of the role of adequate and predictable financing, along with action to protect (and, where needed, restore) human rights to the key populations most vulnerable to HIV. Meeting this challenge will also require eliminating stigma and discrimination, actively engaging with people living with HIV (PLHIV) and civil society, strengthening supply chains and service delivery, and establishing accountable and transparent health systems.

Publications

What We Do

HP+ contributes to global frameworks and targets on HIV and AIDS and country strategic plans. We participate in the work of PEPFAR and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. We also actively engage with the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy and the 2015 WHO Treatment and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Guidelines. Good policies and a favorable policy environment are keys to capitalizing on this fragile moment of opportunity. Our work with host-country partners takes the form of

Featured Activities

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Gender and Sexual Diversity Training

HP+ works toward mainstreaming GSD competency in the global HIV response. The project provides expert guidance to help people understand how stigma and discrimination negatively affect gender and sexual minorities’ health and lives, and recognize opportunities to reduce stigma.

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HIV Policy Scan and Action Planning

HP+ works toward mainstreaming GSD competency in the global HIV response. The project provides expert guidance to help people understand how stigma and discrimination negatively affect gender and sexual minorities’ health and lives, and recognize opportunities to reduce stigma.

News

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