HIV and Development

An estimated 2.24 million people live with HIV in India. UNDP works closely with the National AIDS Control Programme of India to aid the expansion of the programme of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) with the goal of reducing stigma, fostering inclusion, and ensuring greater involvement. Even though the overall HIV prevalence is low, levels of stigma and exclusion experienced by PLHIV continue to be high. In India, the prevalence is concentrated in the most-at-risk populations such as women in sex work, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) and persons who inject drugs. Furthermore, prevalence among people between the ages of 15 and 49 is as high as 88.7 percent. Therefore, most people living with HIV are in the prime of their productive lives.

Our Goals

We support Government’s efforts to reduce HIV and AIDS amongst vulnerable groups, uphold the rights of the marginalised and strengthen the most-at-risk population to form networks and collectives to better their access to quality HIV prevention, care and support services. We also work to address socio-economic, cultural conditions and norms that influence the drivers of the HIV epidemic.more

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Responding to the HIV Epidemic

UNDP India supports government’s efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS amongst vulnerable groups and uphold the rights of the marginalized, including sexual minorities and people living with HIV. We also work to address socio-economic, cultural conditions and norms that influence the drivers of the HIV epidemic.

Stories of Change

Projects and Initiatives

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Support to National Response to Mainstreaming HIV (2008-2012)

In partnership with the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), the project aims to expand the coverage and impact of the national HIV response by mainstreaming HIV in selected ministries; to enhance capacities of civil society groups to protect human rights of PLHIVs and of government officials for effective management of National AIDS Control Programme (NACP-III). more

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Support to National Efforts in Enabling Social and Legal Environments for Effective HIV Responses (2011)

The project, in partnership with the National AIDS Control Organisation, aims to generate evidence on HIV-related stigma, develop strategies and approaches to reducing stigma in multiple settings, and support national programme and grassroots advocacy for stigma reduction interventions. more

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