BANGKOK, 1 December 2022—The 2022 UNAIDS World AIDS Day report reveals that inequalities are obstructing the end of AIDS. On current trends the world will not meet agreed global HIV targets. However, urgent action to tackle inequalities can get the AIDS response on track.

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This report, which marks World AIDS Day 2022, unpacks the impact that gender inequalities, inequalities faced by key populations, and inequalities between children and adults have had on the AIDS response. It is not inevitable, however, that these inequalities will slow progress towards ending AIDS. We know what works—with courage and cooperation, political leaders can tackle them. Read press release

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The Southeast Asia Stigma Reduction Quality Improvement (QI S & D) Community of Practice held its eleventh meeting in Bangkok, Thailand from November 23 to 25, 2022. This community of practice is co-convened by the University of San Fransisco California (UCSF) HEALTHQUAL, Asia Pacific Network of People living with HIV (APN+), and UNAIDS Asia Pacific. It seeks to accelerate the integration of stigma and discrimination reduction activities into routine HIV quality management programming through cycles of continuous measurement, implementing improvements, and peer-to-peer exchange. The QI S & D Learning Network currently convenes representatives from Ministries of Health and community-based organizations from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

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UNAIDS’ World AIDS Day report 2022 will be launched for the Asia Pacific region on Wednesday, 30th November in Bangkok, Thailand. The report is called ‘Dangerous Inequalities’ and reveals that inequalities are obstructing the end of AIDS. On current trends the world and region will not meet agreed global targets on AIDS. Millions of lives are at stake. The new UNAIDS report shows that only urgent action to tackle inequalities can get the world’s AIDS response on track. It shows how world leaders can tackle those inequalities and calls on them to be courageous in doing so.

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BANGKOK, November 24, 2022—Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reaffirmed their commitment to accelerate progress toward ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

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World AIDS Day 2022 theme: EQUALIZE

The inequalities which perpetuate the AIDS pandemic are not inevitable; we can tackle them. This World AIDS Day, 1 December, UNAIDS is urging each of us to address the inequalities which are holding back progress in ending AIDS.  

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Youth advocates from 14 countries have called on governments and development partners in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt a comprehensive approach to addressing the high HIV risk now borne by young key populations. (Key populations are groups that are particularly vulnerable to HIV. They include men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers and transgender people.)

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Despite global scientific breakthroughs providing more effective treatment for adults and children, for many children living with HIV in Indonesia access to antiretroviral therapy remains elusive.  Exacerbating the situation is the entrenched societal and gender inequalities that present barriers to women, adolescents and children to access quality prevention and care services.  

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