The Issues

The Issues

The LIVING 2016 Positive Leadership Summit is an activist space that brings together the knowledge and experiences of people living with HIV and supports us in developing a common voice and plan for action to achieve truly universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support.


The LIVING Positive Leadership Summit followed from a continuous process of consultations. Starting after AIDS2014, GNP+, custodian and lead partner of the LIVING Positive Leadership Summit, held various face-to-face, electronic and in-depth consultations with different, diverse groups of people living with HIV from different regions of the world.

The consultations dealt with: the Positive Health, Dignity & Prevention framework for HIV policy and programming that promotes the well-being of people living with HIV; the new treatment guidelines and person-centred care; early infant diagnosis and community engagement in the context of prevention of vertical transmission; the state of HIV criminalisation; etc.


The consultations revealed the following issues are of particular importance to people living with HIV and formed the basis for the content of LIVING 2016:

  • Access for all to quality and rights-based services, including for testing and treatment;
  • Legal barriers to access and criminalisation;
  • Stigma, discrimination, abuse and violence, including as experienced by women and people living with HIV from key populations;
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • Strengthening health systems for quality, person-centred health care services along the whole life and care continuum;
  • Moving from health and community systems to systems for health;
  • Treatment as Prevention, including PrEP;
  • Social protection for people living with HIV;
  • Integrative approaches to co-infections and co-morbidities, such as Hepatitis B and C, Tuberculosis, Cancer, etc.;
  • International and domestic funding for affordable treatment, care and support; and
  • GIPA.

Read more about the LIVING 2016 Summit.

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