The children of key populations affected by HIV and AIDS are being overlooked and excluded. They face a double burden: both the affects of disease and entrenched exclusion by way of association with their parents. Stigma against sex workers, people who use drugs, transgender people, gay men and other men who have sex with men is leaving their children without education, health or protection. Broader social and economic development interventions, including those seeking to prevent and address the affects of HIV and AIDS, are not reaching these children. And targeted interventions for key populations are not addressing the needs of their children. They are a priority for any organisation seeking equitable development both within and beyond the HIV and AIDS sector.
The Coalition, together with 10 other expert organisations*, has produced new data on the children of key populations affected by HIV and AIDS. This is the first global analysis of these children. It is the result of a two-year project involving a literature review, consultations with 45 development organisations working on HIV and AIDS and its impacts, and community-based research in Guyana, Uganda, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, and Ukraine. It is hoped that this initial scoping exercise will drive further research, advocacy and, above all, better support for the children of key populations.
Read the full report here.
*The Coalition worked with the following organizations to develop this material:
- Global Network of Sex Work Projects
- The Global Network of People Living with HIV
- Harm Reduction International
- International HIV/AIDS Alliance
- International Network of People who Use Drugs
- The Global Forum of Men who have Sex with Men
- Regional Interagency Task Team on Children and HIV for Eastern & Southern Africa
- UCSF Center for Excellence in Transgender Health
- International Reference Group on Transwomen