Key populations, including people who use drugs, sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people and prisoners, should continue to ensure that they have essential means to prevent HIV infection, such as sterile needles and syringes and/or opioid substitution therapy, condoms and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
How do we ensure that human rights are respected and reduce stigma and discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic?
UNAIDS urges all countries to ensure an appropriate balance between protecting health, preventing economic and social disruption and respecting human rights.
UNAIDS and partners are working to ensure that human rights are not eroded in the response to COVID-19 and to ensure that people living with or affected by HIV are offered the same access to services as others and to ensure that HIV-related services continue without disruption.
In the light of overcrowding in many prisons and other places of detention, which undermines hygiene, health, safety and human dignity, a health response alone to COVID-19 in closed settings alone is insufficient. UNAIDS urges political leaders to ensure that COVID-19 preparedness and responses in closed settings are identified and implemented in line with fundamental human rights
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