Blame and banishment

The underground HIV epidemic affecting children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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UNICEF Serbia/2010


Eastern Europe and Central Asia continue to see rapid increases in HIV infections among men, women and children.

Despite some notable successes in responding to the epidemic, it is unlikely that the Universal Access targets and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to HIV/AIDS will be achieved.

Access to antiretroviral treatment is still among the lowest in the world, and stigma and discrimination that violate the basic rights and dignity of people living with and affected by HIV, including children, are hampering further progress in prevention, care and support.

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