NLIHC joined 92 other organizations in calling for the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to include affordable housing as one of its strategies for achieving its 2015 Goals. UNAIDS is currently reviewing and amending its commitments to responding to the AIDS crisis worldwide. In June, the UN is expected to adopt a new declaration of its AIDS priorities.
The UN priorities for HIV/AIDS currently include: reducing transmission, preventing new infections for certain populations, reducing tuberculosis related deaths, increasing care for girls and women and providing access to care. No housing goals are included.
“Research has shown that people who have stable housing are less likely to acquire HIV infection or to transmit HIV infection to others – regardless of other risks,” the organizations write. The letter continues, “People with HIV/AIDS who have stable housing are much more likely to access health services, attend primary care visits, receive ongoing care and receive care that meets clinical practice standards,” which will support the health goals that UNAIDS has already outlined.
View the letter at: http://www.nlihc.org/doc/UNAIDS_Letter.pdf