potential for creating positive change than GIPA – the greater involvement of people living with HIV.1 Translating principles into practice, and making them work. The GIPA Report Card is an instrument to monitor and evaluate governments’ and organisations’ application of the GIPA principle, particularly in light of the. grounded in principles of human rights, mutual respect and inclusion.” The greater involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA) principle needs to be.

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Governments, international agencies and civil society are urged to implement and monitor gila targets for the participation of people living with HIV, including women, young people and marginalized populations, in decision-making princkples. In Temirtau, the city facing the largest HIV epidemic in Central Asia, more people living with HIV are openly talking about their status, which is improving public understanding and reducing stigma.

Within organizations, the participation of people living with HIV can change perceptions, as well as provide valuable experiences and knowledge.

Building on its work in this area, UNAIDS has developed a policy gippa with recommendations for governments, civil society and international donors on how to increase and improve the involvement of people living with HIV in global, regional and country AIDS responses.


At the individual level, involvement can improve self-esteem and boost morale, decrease isolation and depression, and improve health through access to better information about care and prevention.

Russian civil society networks, including people living with HIV, during a workshop on community-based advocacy and networking to scale up HIV prevention. Similarly i n Kazakhstan-also featured in the policy brief— there is a growing movement to engage people living with HIV in the response.

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Slowly but surely, Kazakstan is seeing results: People living with HIV have directly experienced the factors that make individuals and communities vulnerable to HIV infection.

As the policy brief underlines, the benefits of GIPA are wide ranging.

You might also be interested in one of the following sections: As a result, their involvement in programme development and implementation and policy-making will improve the relevance, prunciples and effectiveness of programmes.

Nevertheless, policy makers have taken a stand and pushed forward the agenda.

Skip to main content. Putting the prinviples into practice, TAPAC engages people living with HIV as advisers and organizes regular roundtable meetings with them to discuss issues. The new UNAIDS policy brief gives an overview of the context for the policy brief, underlines why this principle is key to the long-term sustainability and development of the AIDS response, highlights some of the challenges to achieving GIPA and outlines a number of actions governments and other bodies need to implement to ensure the principle is put into practice.



In Kazakstan the majority of people living with HIV are injecting drug users and sex workers and involving them in the response is often met with mistrust and opposition.

At the community and social levels, public involvement of people living with HIV can break down fear and prejudice by showing the faces of people living with HIV and demonstrating that they are productive members of, and contributors to, society.

Measuring involvement of people living with HIV in policy is not an easy or exact science; yet, experiences have shown that when communities are proactively involved in ensuring their own well-being, success is more likely.

First European testing week takes off pricniples November Know your HIV status: The policy brief also underlines that principes processes should be inclusive, transparent and democratic and that people living with HIV should be involved in developing funding priorities and in the choice, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV programmes from their inception.

The policy brief draws on examples of policy makers, county and community actions that are transforming GIPA from principle to action.