HIV and Health

 Punitive laws and rights violations - 19 countries in the region actively criminalize male to male sexual behaviour and less than 20% of men who have sex with men and transgender people have access to prevention services. Photo: Jason Taylor.

The countries of the Asia Pacific region are home to serious HIV epidemics that pose special challenges to societal and human development. In global terms, the region accounts for the second highest number of world-wide AIDS-related deaths, the second highest number of new infections, and the second highest number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) (almost 5 million).

UNDP’s HIV and Health Team in Asia and the Pacific seeks to address the human development, governance, human rights, gender and trans-border challenges of HIV in the region. We assist countries to implement HIV responses that are integrated, involve key sectors of government and civil society and promote human rights and gender equality. In doing so, we ensure that HIV is addressed within the broader poverty reduction strategies, and support countries to respond to the key social drivers of their HIV epidemics, such as status of women, their economic empowerment, the protection of human rights and the legal environment. more>


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Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific

Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific is a regional programme aimed at addressing inequality, violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, and promotes universal access to health and social services. more 

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