UNAIDS Launches ‘Zero Discrimination’ Campaign, Conference

Nobel Peace Prize Winner and UNAIDS Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on World AIDS Day launched “a new ‘zero discrimination’ campaign,” Agence France-Presse reports. Suu Kyi and Sidibé “unveiled a new campaign Sunday targeting prejudice against HIV/AIDS sufferers, with the world’s first Zero Discrimination Day to be held on March 1, 2014,” the news service writes, noting, “The pair were speaking in Melbourne at the Australian launch of AIDS 2014, a major global health and policy conference to be held in the city in July with 14,000 delegates from almost 200 countries” (12/1). “For the AIDS response, discrimination towards people living with HIV and key populations at higher risk of HIV is a major obstacle to expanding access to HIV services,” UNAIDS states in a press release, adding, “Country surveys found that one in seven people living with HIV have reportedly been denied access to health care and more than one in 10 people living with HIV have been refused employment because of their HIV status” (12/1).