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The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) is pleased to see that much of our input into earlier drafts of the strategy especially those articulated in the ICW Position Statement on UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy is reflected here; particularly regarding the need to include a strong and comprehensive focus on the needs of women and girls living with HIV.

Two major studies presented at the recent International AIDS Conference in Vancouver highlight the importance of peer and community interventions in improving outcomes for mothers living with HIV. Support to ensure timely access to prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services and encouragement to stay in care are central to this.

A new report by UNAIDS and the STOP AIDS Alliance emphasises the important role of communities around the world in combating HIV. Communities have been central to the HIV response since the beginning of the epidemic in the 1980s.

A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are aged over 50, according to recent statistics from Public Health
England.

While major advances have been made in responding to HIV and ensuring access to lifesaving treatment, progress for adolescents urgently needs to be scaled up.

For a good portion of her life, Alexis Gibson knew the stigma of having HIV can take just as big of a toll as having the virus. A lifetime of taunts and discrimination taught her that it probably would be easier hiding the truth about her health.

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