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In most parts of the world, the number of people who are newly infected with HIV is continuing to decline and progress to stop new HIV infections is significant, according to the latest UNAIDS data. However, three out of five people living with HIV are still not accessing antiretroviral therapy. The most-at-risk groups who bear the brunt of the epidemic — such as men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and injecting drug users — are among the most marginalized people in the world and continue to be overlooked altogether — or even worse, stigmatized and criminalized.
If we are going to take the new post-2015 development framework’s goals and targets seriously, especially where they relate to health and HIV, every person in society must be able to access the services they need to lead a healthy life, free from stigma, discrimination and exclusion. This means that no one should be left behind, regardless of age, gender, religion, disease status, income, sexual orientation or gender identity.
For the past two years, United Nations member states, U.N. agencies, civil society and other stakeholders have been discussing the post-2015 development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals. The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has been actively engaged in the myriad of official post-2015 consultations and civil society discussions at a global, regional and country level, with two overarching messages:
1. Ending AIDS is crucial post-2015 business, and a major opportunity for global leaders, governments and affected communities.
2. We will not achieve this goal unless we include everyone in the global response to HIV/AIDS. Equity is key.
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