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Hope to reality: Transforming the AIDS response

  • Michel Sidibe

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 11 2009   /  12:33 pm

More than a thousand people become infected with HIV in Asia each day. If only we had invested in reaching populations at higher risk and their partners, most of these infections could have been averted - at a cost of less than half a US dollar per person. The Commission on AIDS in Asia has recommended that the AIDS epidemic in the region be redefined. We must transform the AIDS response so that it works for people.This means protecting sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender, injecting drug users and women. How can we do this? 1. Decriminalize consensual adult sexual behavior and drug use. 2. Address HIV transmission among intimate partners. 3. Invest in evidence-informed HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programs. 4. Adopt an "AIDS plus Millennium Development Goal" approach. Many countries are changing laws that criminalize conse...