Geneva: UNAIDS, 2007. 56 p.
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Despite the pervasiveness of HIV-related stigma and discrimination in national HIV epidemics and their harmful impact in terms of public health and human rights, they remain seriously neglected issues in most national responses to HIV. National AIDS programmes - together with key partners - can take concrete steps to address these critical obstacles and help pave the way towards universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support. The UN system, funding mechanisms and bilateral partners can support countries - through advocacy, strategic planning, technical assistance, resource mobilisation and other means - to reduce stigma and discrimination related to HIV. These efforts will not only help countries reach key targets for universal access and Millennium Development Goal 6, they will also protect and promote human rights, foster respect for people living with HIV and other affected groups, and reduce the transmission of HIV.
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