HIV-and-AIDS
HIV-and-AIDS

The United Nations (UN) is committed to supporting Angola in coordinated multisectoral action to eliminate discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

This statement was made by United Nations Resident Coordinator in Angola Paolo Balladelli when speaking on Thursday in Luanda at a workshop on human rights stigma and discrimination, an initiative of the European Union (EU), UNAIDS and Angolan Network of Non-Governmental Organizations for Fight Against HIV/AIDS (ANASO).

He said discrimination in the field of HIV/AIDS is an obstacle to achieving sustainable development goals.

In this regard, the UN has supported Angola in accelerating the priorities of the 2016 policy statement on HIV and human rights, by reducing new infections in adolescents, reducing stigma and discrimination, mitigating the impact among key populations and improving communication and the coordination of a multisectoral response.

Paolo Balladelli noted that some forms of stigma and discrimination have to do with self-stigma or internalized stigma, where fear of discrimination destroys the will to seek medical care and treatment.

He said government stigma also exists when a country has laws, rules and policies that reinforce stigma over HIV/AIDS.

Criminalization of people living with HIV/AIDS in more than 100 countries is responsible for increasing the number of people who are infected or without access to treatment, often using drugs and sex work.

The HIV/AIDS pandemic in Angola is spreading vertiginously, mainly in the provinces of Luanda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Cuando Cubango and Cunene.

ANASO has registered 95,850 people living with the AIDS virus, 62,580 of which under retroviral drugs while 33 percent have quit treatment for various reasons. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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