What Will It Take To Get To Zero?: Universal Access Regional Consultation in Asia-Pacific

Published: March 29, 2011

he Civil Society Outcome Statement includes::

–          Governments must support gender and sexual reproductive health and rights;

–          Promote and facilitate the better linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV programming;

–          Provide and ensure access to comprehensive and targeted sexuality education to young people who are in or out of school;

–          Countering Stigma and Discrimination, and Gender based violence: uphold and protect the individual’s rights to privacy, confidentiality, consent and access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and information, and gender equality.


The Resolution includes::

–                      Recognizing that gender equality and addressing the rights and needs of women and girls are essential to an effective response to HIV and AIDS,

–                      Noting with concern that the goal of virtual elimination of new HIV infections in children in the Asian and Pacific region is possible, but hindered by a lack of comprehensive approaches to Prevention of Parents-to-Child-Transmission and inadequate provision of rights-based sexual and reproductive health information and services, especially among female key affected populations and intimate partners of male key affected populations;

–                      Scaling up effective linkages of HIV prevention with other health-care services including sexual reproductive health/family planning, sexually transmitted infections, maternal and newborn health, TB and HIV diagnosis and treatment, and referrals to and linkages with other social services;

–                      Removing restrictions for accessing HIV prevention services, particularly those imposed young people such as age restrictions and mandatory parental consent, in order to increase access to HIV testing and comprehensive, targeted sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services;

–                      Strengthening measures to address gender based violence;

–                      Eliminating gender inequalities and increasing the capacity of women and girls to protect themselves from the risk of HIV infection through the provision of sexual and reproductive health information and services;

–                      Developing laws, programs and policies that address all forms of gender based violence, including sexual violence, against women and girls, key affected populations and people of diverse sexualities.

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