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While it may now be commonly accepted that a lack of respect for human rights can accelerate the HIV epidemic, this isn’t always reflected in the policies and institutions that shape the lives of people living with HIV.
HIV may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Latin America, but together with the Caribbean, the region is home to an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV.
HIV self-stigma can manifest itself in many ways. From worrying about how a friend might feel if you shared a drink with them, to fear of your HIV status being known in the workplace.
Much has been done to reduce discrimination at an organisational level through anti-discrimination laws, but this varies across countries. More needs to be done to ensure that legislative frameworks are being implemented and that stigma and discrimination is effectively addressed.
HIV isn’t one single issue – it’s multiple problems that combine to perpetuate the epidemic. Only by joining forces and fighting on all fronts can we begin to contain it.
Over 1,000 incarcerated persons and staff asked about the reality of HIV education and testing in the Italian prison system
It is a fundamental human instinct to want a sense of family, to want to socialise, and to need a sense of belonging to a community (or multiple communities such as family, faith, interest-based).
The final part of this article outlines how ViiV Healthcare is collaborating with the Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA) Foundation to investigate strategies to achieve remission in children living with HIV.
Read what our Global Medical Lead for Paediatrics Dr Katy Hayward thinks about the urgent need to support young people to tackle HIV stigma and fight the epidemic in the UK and around the world