Punitive laws, policies, practices, stigma and discrimination that block effective responses to HIV are removed

The Joint Programme works to address human rights and confront stigma and discrimination in legislative and policy frameworks across settings, through technical support, advocacy, collecting evidence, and conducting reviews and assessments.

Human rights and the quest for zero discrimination are at the core of the 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. Stigma, discrimination and other human rights violations continue to impede progress in the AIDS response, by increasing risk and vulnerability, and deterring many people from seeking or obtaining essential services.

Building on the Agenda, the Joint Programme developed a statement on ending such discrimination, which was issued by 12 agencies committed to working together to support Member States take coordinated multisectoral action. New discrimination targets were integrated into the Global AIDS Monitoring (2018) online tool to improve understanding of health outcomes, and interventions to reduce and mitigate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, along the treatment cascade.

The Key Populations Atlas was established in early 2017 and made accessible to the public via AIDSinfo. The atlas includes size estimates, prevalence, programmatic indicators and stigma and discrimination-related indicators about key populations.

Outputs 2016-2021

6.2National capacity to promote legal literacy, access to justice and enforcement of rights expanded
6.3Constituencies mobilized to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care



Targets and Milestones 2019 Progress
Percentage of countries with mechanisms in place providing access to legal support for people living with HIV

2021: 70%

2019: 65%

2017: 60%

All: 65% [57/88]

FT: 64% [21/33]

Percentage of countries with measures in place to reduce stigma and discrimination in health settings

2021: 60%

2019: 50%

2017: 40%

All: 33% [29/88]

FT: 30% [10/33]

Data source: 2019 JPMS country reports. Final numbers may vary slightly.