Why are prevention efforts failing key populations?

Published: June 1, 2011

You can add your voice to this call by visiting our ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign site and sending a message to key attendees of the meeting. 

In advance of the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS this month (8-10 June) the Alliance’s ‘What’s Preventing Prevention?’ campaign has released a briefing which provides and analysis of how national AIDS responses are failing in their prevention efforts for people who are at higher risk of HIV (key populations).

The Alliance has analysed 132 reports from low- and middle-income countries.  They show that less than half of these countries reported current data on any of the global indicators on sex workers, men who have sex with men, and injecting dug users.

Taken as a whole, the recent global data submitted to the UN confirms that large-scale, focused HIV prevention programming is missing. It also underscores the total absence of attention that is being paid to key populations by most national AIDS responses including the failure to analyse HIV prevalence and the reach of their prevention programmes. Consequently many countries don’t know the true picture of their epidemic.

“For over 17 years the Alliance has worked to support communities who are at higher risk of HIV infection including sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, and people who use drugs, because they’re from the most marginalised and persecuted communities in society. We’ve made many gains but this will be at risk if we fail to get international political commitment to ensure HIV prevention strategies target these groups,” said Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance.

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