A lack of respect for human rights drives the HIV epidemic. The marginalisation, stigmatisation and criminalisation of some groups of people increases their vulnerability to HIV; gender inequalities can prevent women and girls from being able to protect themselves from HIV; and discrimination prevents equitable access to healthcare.

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  • My court case could see Jamaica follow India and make gay sex legal

    Lawyer and LGBTI activist Maurice Tomlinson is waiting for his day in court to strike down Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law

    03 October 2018 | Gay Star News
  • What is happening to LGBTI rights in Malaysia?

    Malaysia's new government promised to tackle human rights, but in the last few months the country's LGBTI Malaysians have felt increasingly under threat.

    16 September 2018 | Gay Star News
  • US Military Defends Policy That Could Kick Out Soldiers With HIV

    The Trump administration defended a new military policy that will allegedly result in HIV-positive service members being fired in violation of their constitutional rights when it takes effect Oct. 1.

    11 September 2018 | Bloomberg
  • Campaigners celebrate as India decriminalises homosexuality

    Colonial-era law is struck down by country’s highest court after decades of uncertainty

    06 September 2018 | The Guardian
  • UNAIDS welcomes ground-breaking decision by India’s Supreme Court that strikes down law criminalizing LGBTI people

    UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of India to annul key provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 377 criminalizes sexual relations between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. 

    06 September 2018 | UNAIDS
  • UK aid raises the voices of grassroots HIV organisations

    The UK has today (Wednesday 25 July) committed to increase its support to help people in grassroots organisations keep HIV on the agenda in countries around the world. DFID will step up its support for the Robert Carr Fund - an organisation dedicated to supporting community networks across the world which help people with HIV to realise their human rights, tackle stigma, and advocate for policy change.

    26 July 2018 | UK Department for International Development
  • Indonesia: Anti-LGBT Crackdown Fuels Health Crisis

    Indonesian authorities are fueling an HIV epidemic through complicity in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The government’s failure to halt arbitrary and unlawful raids by police and militant Islamists on private LGBT gatherings has effectively derailed public health outreach efforts to vulnerable populations.

    02 July 2018 | Human Rights Watch
  • 'God Knows Us. God Loves Us.' - Life On The Margins In L.G.B.T. Africa

    Elton John writes: "We asked the photographer Robin Hammond to take his camera to countries like Kenya and Ghana, where homosexuality is illegal, and to Mozambique, where it is widely condemned, as part of his “ Where Love Is Illegal ” project. By depicting local advocates and by sharing their stories, these images and narratives show that those affected by this epidemic are not evil. In fact, they’re not really any different from anyone else."

    26 June 2018 | New York Times
  • UNAIDS - Past Time to Get Serious

    "UNAIDS still has much work to do. It is not doing that work because it is paralyzed by crisis. If UNAIDS doesn't change, it will have no future."

    11 June 2018 | Hunavat Global
  • UK chair of scandal-hit UN agency says 'no appetite' to pursue sexual harassment claims

    The British official chairing the board of a scandal-hit UN agency has said its leaders have “no appetite” for pursuing action over specific sexual harassment allegations. The Independent can reveal the comment was allegedly made by the top civil servant chairing the UNAIDS coordinating board, in a phone call with a leading international women’s rights campaigner.

    04 June 2018 | The Independent
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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