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LONDON, United Kingdom , Mar. 31 /CSRwire/ – ViiV Healthcare today announced the launch of a new initiative designed to support and inform the global effort to alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender populations around the world. Through Positive Action, ViiV Healthcare has committed to invest £2 million per year to encourage MSM and transgender community-led interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and/or HIV status. The first phase of the new programme will cover a period of two years.
With the ultimate goal of enabling MSM and transgender individuals around the world to safely seek culturally competent HIV care and services, the programme will support these communities as they develop their capacity to lead, participate in policy-making and address the severe health disparities and health service access issues affecting MSM and transgender individuals.
“The Positive Action MSM and Transgender Programme aims to address persistent and pervasive challenges that have a profound impact on the lives of MSM and transgender individuals worldwide,” said Juan Jacobo Hernández Chávez, Executive Director of Colectivo Sol and Advisory Board Chair for the Positive Action MSM and Transgender Programme. “By focusing on and empowering MSM and transgender communities, the initiative represents a critical step in the global effort to halt and reverse the HIV epidemic among key populations.”
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