Justus Kamwesigye, Strategic Information Advisor, UNAIDS Rwanda.“Ending the AIDS epidemic four words that hold such hope and promise. Four words that represent more than 30 years of devastation, struggle and loss.
There will be no ending AIDS without putting people first, without ensuring that people living with and affected by the epidemic are part of a new movement. Without a people-centred approach, we will not go far in the post-2015 era.” Michel Sidibé Executive Director UNAIDS
Anyone can acquire HIV. AIDS affects us all. Yet there are people Closing the Gap to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030who are more at risk, more vulnerable and more affected than others. Many have benefitted from advancements in the glob-al AIDS response, as HIV prevention, treatment and care services are more widely available now than a decade before.
However, not all have equitable access to these services. Some populations do not have access because they are marginalized, others because of harmful gender norms, poverty, legal and social inequalities.
Where HIV services are available, uptake is dependent on the quality of services as well as the levels of stigma and discrimination by service providers. In many in-stances, marginalized populations face complex life challenges, risks and obstacles on multiple fronts.