Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention

The Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention (PHDP) approach places the person living with HIV at the centre of managing his or her own health and wellbeing. It is a model which links HIV treatment, prevention, support and care issues within a human rights framework. Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention emphasises the importance of addressing prevention and treatment simultaneously and holistically.

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention was conceptualised in 2009 under the leadership of GNP+. Following lively debates on the topic of Positive Prevention during the first Positive Leadership Summit, LIVING 2008 in Mexico City, GNP+ organised a series of consultations in different regions. People living with HIV at these consultations defined the concept of Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention.

From Concept to Policy Change

Instead of a singular focus on preventing HIV transmission from people who test HIV positive, the Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention model promotes holistic health and wellness, including human rights, legal protection and a policy environment free of stigma and discrimination.

Based on the concept, GNP+ developed a Policy Framework (2011) and Operational Guidelines (2013) for Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention. Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention was embraced by UNAIDS from early on and was immediately included in its Outcome Framework 2009-2011. GNP+ and UNAIDS have been working together on the model ever since.

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention has since been included in national HIV/AIDS guidelines in Tanzania since 2012 and more recently it has been included in the National Strategic Plan in Malawi for 2015 – 2020.

PHDP 2.0

GNP+ has developed a survey for networks of people living with HIV to map the implementation of Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention. The survey functions as an evidence gathering tool for advocacy and has been implemented in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. With this experience GNP+ is currently renewing approaches to get to Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention 2.0.

Do you want to make sure your intervention complies with the Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention Framework? Contact GNP+

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