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, with stigma, discrimination and other human rights violations continuing to impede on the progress in the AIDS response, by increasing risk and vulnerability, and deterring many people from seeking or obtaining essential services.

The Co-conveners of the Global Partnership to Eliminate all forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination—the UNAIDS Secretariat, UN Women, UNDP and GNP+— working with other UNAIDS Cosponsors and the civil society, developed an evidence review of key programmes to reduce stigma and discrimination and increased access to justice in the six priority settings of the Global Partnership. Two resources were developed for applying lessons from the HIV response to COVID-19 measures: Addressing stigma and discrimination in the COVID-19 response and Rights in the time of COVID-19: Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response. The Joint Programme also continued to advocate for and support law and policy reforms, including through advocacy and trainings, support to national litigation efforts, and HIV legal environment assessments in several countries and worked with civil society organizations and communities of people living with HIV and key populations to challenge the overly broad use of criminal law.

Find more details in the SRA report.

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 2020 Progress
Percentage of countries with mechanisms in place providing access to legal support for people living with HIV

2021: 70%

2019: 65%

2017: 60%

66% [57/87]

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

2021: 60%

2019: 50%

2017: 40%

33% [29/87]

Data source: 2020 JPMS country reports. Final numbers may vary slightly.