Disability and rehabilitation

Disability and HIV Policy Brief

People with disabilities are at risk of HIV infection, but may lack access to HIV prevention and support services, for example, because information is not given to people with disabilities in a format that they can read. Rates of sexual assault and abuse are high among the disabled population, particularly for people with intellectual impairments and those who are institutionalized. On 8 April, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and WHO launched a new policy brief on disability and HIV which explores this neglected issue and makes recommendations for policy change.

The policy brief calls for HIV services to be inclusive of persons with disabilities and discusses the actions needed to ensure people with disabilities have access to HIV services which are both tailored to their diverse needs and equal to the services available to others in the community.