On December 10, 2012, International Human Rights Day, the global HIV community issued a call to action to people living with HIV worldwide to unite around a common Global Advocacy Agenda (hivadvocacynow.org). The agenda came out of the Positive Leadership Summit that took place during the International AIDS Conference last July in Washington, D.C. For many here in the United States, the global HIV community seems like a foreign concept, but when you look closer at the three main points of the Global Advocacy Agenda, you will probably recognize them right away and may be inspired to join the fast growing movement like many of us have.
The three areas of focus of the Global Advocacy Agenda are 1) prevention, treatment, care, and support; 2) human rights; and 3) community strengthening and mobilization, and activism. Some of the efforts that the global community of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) is committing to include advocacy for increased access to antiretroviral medications for those who need them; access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP); increased access to diagnostics and monitoring technologies (for CD4, viral load and drug resistance); eradicating stigma and discrimination; ending HIV-related criminalization; strengthening engagement with networks of key populations and the full diversity of people living with HIV; and increasing representation of people living with HIV in policy and legislative bodies.
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