When people living with HIV actively participate in their own care, new infections decline and more affected people access treatment, according to a new report launched on Tuesday by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency leading the fight against the disease.
Power to the people, released ahead of World AIDS Day on Sunday, illustrates that when people have the power to choose and work together, lives can be saved, injustices prevented and dignity restored.
“Our big step in the race to end AIDS must be to tackle gender inequality. Every week, 6000 young women are newly infected with HIV. These are numbers that shame us all. We must end the gender power imbalances”.-@Winnie_Byanyima, @UNAIDS ED pic.twitter.com/bin3mbrVZs
“In many parts of the world, significant progress has been made in reducing new HIV infections, reducing AIDS-related deaths and reducing discrimination…but gender inequality and denial of human rights are leaving many people behind”, stressed the UNAIDS chief.
Moreover, by doing unpaid and often undervalued work – looking after the sick, elderly and disabled – they underpin fragile social support systems that hinder their community involvement in the HIV response.
“This must change”, UNAIDS stated.