Blame and banishment. The underground HIV epidemic affecting children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

This report brings to life the experiences of children, families and young people living with HIV. It gives voice to their stories of despair, stigma and social exclusion, as well as to their courage and hope. It explores the systemic failures in responding to their needs and outlines some good practices. It also describes the contradictions that children and young people, particularly those who are most at risk of HIV, face on a daily basis: societies insist that they conform to social norms, yet exclude them and brand them as misfits; health and social protection systems do not serve their needs and diminish their chances of living normal lives, but blame them when they fail to cope. The report also features some compelling photographs of the realities of living on the edge. 
Policy reforms, programmatic shifts and a reallocation of resources to strengthen health and social protection systems are required if the further spread of the epidemic is to be halted. Reforms must aim to expand and grant equitable access to services for all, including those who are currently excluded and missed. Successes in HIV prevention, treatment and care can only be increased and sustained if they are underpinned by social environments that advance human and child rights, gender equality and social justice.
Автор: R. MALYUTA, A. WINTER, N. FERENCIC, J. MIMICA, A. ADAMS, P. NARY: Тип видання: Звіт Рубрика: Профілактика ВІЛ, Лікування ЛЖВС, Ґендерні питання, Зменшення стигми і дискримінації, Ризикована поведінка, Консультування та тестування, Політика і практика, координація, Догляд та підтримка для ЛЖВС