December 2, 2013

IGLYO: LGBTQ Youth And Students Need To Unite In The Fight Against HIV


In every region, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) face significantly higher rates of HIV than the general population.

Young people are also at increased risk for HIV, comprising over 40% of new HIV infections worldwide. Young LGBTQ people face the heightened risks, as well as a number of vulnerabilities that are unique to LGBTQ people.

Despite the clear need for intervention, LGBTQ young people are often left out of research, policy, and programs designed for general MSM, general youth, and the general population. While data on HIV among LGBTQ young people are extremely limited, existing studies show high HIV prevalence among, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men around the world.

IGLYO joins with the global community to unite in the fight against HIV, to affirm our support for those living with HIV, and to remember those we have lost from the virus.

IGLYO believes that everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and age has the right to inclusive, accessible and appropriate healthcare.

IGLYO calls for an end to discrimination towards LGBTQ young people in healthcare to achieve the UNAIDS goal: Zero new HIV infections, Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness and Zero discrimination.

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