Governments Should Increase Efforts to Reduce Stigma, Improve Access to HIV Services Among MSM, UNAIDS Executive Director Sidibe Says
May 20, 2009
Governments worldwide should take action to eliminate stigma and discrimination against men who have sex with men, women who have sex with women and transgender people and improve their access to HIV services, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said recently, the Stabroek News reports. Sidibe added that governments also should create social and legal environments that respect human rights and ensure universal access to HIV prevention and treatment.
The UNAIDS plan outlines several factors that hinder access to HIV services for MSM, including an unwillingness of governments and donors to invest in services for MSM and fear of stigma and discrimination.
Paul De Lay, deputy executive director of UNAIDS, said, "Countries must be rigorous in monitoring the evolution of their epidemics and recalibrate their HIV programming to respond to the needs of those most at risk," adding that programs targeting MSM "must be based on local epidemiological and social realities to be effective" (Stabroek News, 5/17).
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