In 2022, the Joint Programme advocated for, collaborated with and convened partners for supporting countries for the removal and/or amendment of punitive and discriminatory laws and policies relating to HIV and/or develop protective ones.

As research shows, countries criminalizing key populations saw 18–24% poorer HIV outcomes. Thus, the Joint Programme intensified its efforts to support countries in removing punitive norms and approaches to deliver on the 10–10–10 strategic commitment.

The Joint Programme further drove important progress in aligning laws with scientific evidence and human rights principles, supporting 97 countries on HIV-related laws and rights (including decriminalization), including 87 countries on working with and for key populations.

Through strategic partnerships, the Joint Programme  also achieved concrete gains in supporting efforts to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination, including through leveraging the Global Partnership for action to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination (which 5 countries newly joined in 2022).

Find more details in the Results report.


UBRAF Indicator progress on human rights (RA 5)

60 countries were supported to remove or amend punitive and discriminatory laws and policies, and/or develop protective ones affecting the HIV response.

Efforts mostly focused on addressing policies around criminalization of exposure to HIV, nondisclosure of HIV status or transmission of HIV (23 countries) or the development of protective policies on gender identity and antidiscrimination in health-care settings, for example (28 countries).

77 countries were supported to reduce stigma and discrimination as defined in the Global Partnership for action to end all forms of HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

Further information on the 2022–2026 UBRAF Indicators definition and results can be found in the Indicator Scorecard.