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Key Populations Need Better Access To HIV Services, WHO Warns

News outlets report on new guidelines released by the WHO on preventing and treating HIV in key at-risk populations.

Reuters: Key high-risk HIV groups threaten AIDS progress, warns the WHO
“Five key groups, including gay men, prostitutes, and prisoners, have stubbornly high rates of HIV that are threatening progress in the global AIDS battle, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (Nebehay/Kelland, 7/11).

Voice of America: Discrimination Against Gays Threatens Spread of HIV/AIDS
“The World Health Organization says discrimination, stigmatization, and laws that criminalize homosexual and transgender behavior are hampering these people from getting the health services they need. The WHO is also warning HIV/AIDS will spread if gays and other people at high-risk fail to get access to HIV prevention and treatment…” (Schlein, 7/11).

WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need
“Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups — men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and transgender people — threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO…” (7/11).

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