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Reaching Key Populations Vital To Ending Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Newsweek: Ending AIDS Means Leaving No One Behind
William Oates, content editor at AVERT

“…Despite significant progress in countries with generalized [HIV] epidemics, certain groups — including the LBGT community and young women in particular — are at a heightened risk of HIV. … Reaching these key populations is vital to ending the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. By making HIV services readily available to members of key populations, the impact of the global response can be maximized. The new [Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)/PEPFAR] partnership reflects this change of focus … LGBT and other key population issues relating to HIV need to be understood in a local context. It is vitally important that funding, similar to that announced by EJAF and PEPFAR, is allowed to be implemented at the grassroots level acknowledging cultural differences in order to bring lasting change…” (11/9).