YSAFE and YouAct are deeply concerned with the ongoing HIV pandemic and its repercussions on the lives of millions of people all over the world, and specifically in Europe and Central Asia and prepared a Joint Letter that was sent out to decision makers on 1st December, on World AIDS Day.

Young people from the endorsing civil society organizations called on decision makers to:

  1. Adopt adequate legislative frameworks to protect, empower and inform individuals afflicted by the HIV and AIDS pandemic that does not discriminate people affected by HIV and AIDS on the basis of race and color, as well as ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and religion and beliefs.
  2. To develop mechanisms and strategies to ensure targeted prevention measures for population groups at risk.
  3. Align health and development efforts around country-led time-bound goals towards ending extreme poverty and HIV as set forth in the SDGs.
  4. We urge governments to ensure free and universal access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education in both formal and non-formal settings for all young people, by also engaging and reaching the most vulnerable ones including young key populations.

Please read the full letter here.