The HIV epidemic cannot be solved by pills only. GNP+ supports the WHO Guidelines on HIV treatment and UNAIDS’ 90 – 90 – 90, where people know their status, are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load. However, we know that to end AIDS we will need to recognize and respect the rights of all people, including people with HIV.

Every day people living with HIV face human rights violations, criminalisation, stigma and discrimination from our doctors and nurses, from our neighbours and family members, our teachers, preachers and the local shop owner, amongst others. Even from those in law enforcement and government who should protect all citizens. Did you know, for example, that in December 2015, there were still 35 countries restricting the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV?

GNP+ works every day with agencies and organisations of people living with HIV to map stigma, discrimination, human rights violations and HIV criminalisation. Using our tools the Human Rights Count!, the HIV Stigma Index and the Global Criminalisation Scan, we support networks of people living with HIV to show how their national HIV response can become more effective.

To end AIDS, governments have to commit to implementing policies and creating a legal environment that protect the rights of people living with HIV in general, and especially those who belong to key affected populations living with HIV including sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs, young people, disabled people, prisoners and people in incarceration, as well as women and girls.

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