The Displaced and HIV/AIDS
The trauma of war, violence and persecution, followed by the misery of exile, are often the sad destiny of refugees. The plight of the uprooted is even worse in parts of the world affected by HIV/AIDS. Not only are refugees accused of spreading HIV and other diseases, but they are often excluded from multi-million dollar HIV/AIDS programmes.
UNHCR promotes and supports the development of comprehensive HIV programmes to ensure universal access to HIV prevention services and AIDS treatment, care and support programmes. The refugee agency is a UNAIDS co-sponsor and the lead agency for HIV among refugees and internally displaced people. Through the years, UNHCR has developed a unique competence and expertise in HIV in conflict settings, particularly related to displaced populations.
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- UNAIDS, UNHCR and WHO Policy Brief: HIV and Internally Displaced Persons
- HIV and Infant Feeding: Principles and recommendations for infant feeding in the context of HIV and a summary of evidence
- Policy Statement on HIV Testing and Counselling in Health Facilities for Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and other Persons of Concern to UNHCR
- Policy Statement on HIV Testing and Counselling in Health Facilities for Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and other Persons of Concern to UNHCR: French Version
- Guidance on infant feeding and HIV in the context of refugees and displaced populations, June 2009 Version 1.1