The world celebrated World AIDS Day yesterday December 1. Held under the theme, ‘Equalise,’ the day was mostly a call to action in terms of addressing inequalities that threaten global efforts to stamp out the virus. For example, young girls and women can at times face restrictions in accessing prevention or treatment for HIV; such is anchored by gender inequalities and harmful gender norms that hold back the fight against HIV. However, in Rwanda for instance, much emphasis is put on access to information, prevention and treatment for HIV as a tool to fight the virus. Vulnerable or marginalised communities such as sex workers are also obliged to have ample access to these services. Through different organisations, they have access to HIV information and treatment. Competent planning and implementation of HIV/AIDS control programmes down to communities has done much in terms of reducing and stabilising the virus’ prevalence rate. For years, HIV prevalence rate in Rwanda was at 3 percent, but it has recently dropped to 2.6 per cent. Availability of quality and easily accessible services for all HIV patients is one of the ways the country is taming the virus. As the world continues to battle HIV, focus should be on equality, to ensure that all patients are cared for and well-served. Health officials, governments and all concerned stakeholders should work with evidence-based strategies that evoke transformative action. But most importantly, avail solutions that will end any social, economic, and gender barriers. Let policies and practices be established to end stigma and discrimination based on HIV status. Much will be achieved if the approach to curbing the virus is an inclusive one.