The global HIV response is in danger. Progress in prevention is faltering around the world.   Action to tackle the inequalities driving AIDS is urgently required to prevent millions of new HIV infections this decade and to end the AIDS pandemic. 

Bangkok, 28 July 2022—New data from UNAIDS on the global HIV response reveals progress has faltered, resources have shrunk, and millions of lives are at risk as a result. The new report, In Danger, has been launched ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada. The report highlights the human suffering wrought by the AIDS pandemic, especially for marginalised communities across the world. It sets out the devastating consequences if urgent action is not taken to tackle inequalities which drive the pandemic.

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Bangkok, Thailand 25, April 2022 – UNAIDS regional and country teams met with key government partners, civil society and community networks at the Regional DFAT Grant Implementation Meeting to share progress, achievements, opportunities and areas for strengthened collaboration in Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

The meeting took place in Bangkok, Thailand, between 21-22 April 2022, and was joined by the government, civil society, communities and country office representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. 

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Bangkok, Thailand, 29 May 2022 – UNAIDS Asia Pacific releases a new report, showing that key populations are being left behind in universal health coverage with a landscape review of health insurance schemes in the Asia-Pacific region.

Universal health coverage is guided by the principle that individuals and communities receive the services they need, including essential good-quality health services, without suffering financing hardship. The establishment or expansion of government-sponsored health insurance is often promoted as the main vehicle to finance universal health coverage. For people living with HIV and people from key populations (sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, people in prison) living with or at risk of HIV, universal health coverage is considered a health-for-all solution for countries to integrate all HIV services, including prevention.

This report examines three key objectives to understand how well existing health insurance schemes are working for key populations in the region:

  • Health insurance coverage and access to health insurance for people from key populations.
  • Types of services covered in health insurance, including prevention services for people from key populations.
  • Mechanisms adopted for maximum service coverage for people from key populations.

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The Queen of Sheba

This story was written by the Association of People Living with HIV (APLHIV) from Pakistan* on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Memories occasionally come flooding through her mind and she remembers those difficult times through flashbacks as vivid as if it was only yesterday. Life wasn’t a bed of roses to start with; born in a poor family, married as a teen in another poor family; hers was the familiar story of countless women across the region.

One day, during an HIV outbreak in one of the provinces, she was tested for HIV. She still remembers the day when someone told her she had something called HIV, and not only her, but her husband as well as her children. When she asked some questions, she could tell she was being dismissed. But inside, those three letters i.e. H*I*V* had stoked the ambers of her curiosity.

Many would have given up hope but not her. She decided to educate herself about HIV and AIDS. She asked questions, many of which were ignored, but she asked again and again until someone gave her the right answer.

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Bangkok, Thailand, 5 May 2022 – To mark Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS AP launched a regional social media campaign that showcases the voices of people, communities and networks on the need to take action against discriminatory laws and stigma and discrimination in Asia and the Pacific.

On Zero Discrimination Day this year, UNAIDS highlighted how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. Zero Discrimination Day is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms of discrimination.

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Pete Living With HIV (his online name) – HIV Activist from Thailand

Like any other regular day in Bangkok, Thailand, Pete went to work and was living a pretty normal life. He had a business that imported and exported fresh vegetables from neighbouring countries in South-East Asia, a family business that he shared with his sister. He was happy and in a serious long-term relationship with his boyfriend, and everything seemed perfect. That day, he and his partner went to get tested for HIV, and that’s when his life suddenly began to change.

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Workshops for practical classes for key populations and People Living with HIV were held offline in South Tangerang, Indonesia

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I started seeing people around me getting laid off and many struggled to find new jobs. Many people, myself included, started to consider starting our own businesses to sustain our livelihoods in this challenging time,” said Abraham, who is a member of a young key population community in Jakarta, Indonesia.

People in vulnerable groups have been facing huge hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a survey conducted by the Crisis Response Mechanism Consortium in 2021, 79% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex respondents were not working owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Youth-led networks in Cambodia, India, Viet Nam and the Philippines distributing COVID-19 prevention packs, IEC materials on HIV prevention and leading training sessions on mental health awareness

Health systems and communities have been pushed to the breaking point by the coronavirus pandemic that the world was woefully unprepared for. Nearly two years on, networks of key populations and people living with HIV are still at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, working around the clock to ensure communities have access to timely and undisrupted HIV services. Among them is Youth LEAD, the network of young key populations from Asia and the Pacific, which in 2020 established the YKP COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support youth-led initiatives across Asia and the Pacific.

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