The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) would like to support the report, commissioned by the PCB NGO Delegation, by re-iterating that the primary purpose and goal of ART is for someone living with HIV to benefit his or her own health. Preventive benefits are important, but remain as secondary considerations. Likewise, public health benefits must not be prioritised over a respect for individual benefits and patient autonomy in decision-making and therefore, decisions about when, or if, to start treatment must be made by the person living with HIV, including those from key populations.
Therefore, we join the PCB NGO Delegation in calling for UNAIDS to help countries gather age-, sex- and risk-disaggregated strategic information with meaningful engagement of civil societies and networks of PLHIV and key populations. Planning for the scale-up of adolescent ART, for example, requires an accurate, disaggregated estimate of the number of adolescents and young people eligible for treatment, based on the 2013 WHO guidelines,
as well as actual coverage data from services and accurate estimates of the costs of services and commodities.
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