What is the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)?

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The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recently issued a declaration of solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities around the globe.

About Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):

  • UNAIDS is an innovative joint venture of the United Nations family established in 1996, which brings together the efforts and resources of 11 UN system organizations to unite the world against AIDS.
  • UNAIDS' global mission is to lead, strengthen and support an ample response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in order to:
    • Prevent the advance of HIV.
    • Offer treatment and assistance to people infected and affected by the disease.
    • Reduce individuals and communities vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.
    • Mitigate the epidemic's socio-economic and human impacts.
  • The participating organizations that form UNAIDS, also called the UNAIDS Cosponsors, are:
    • UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
    • UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund
    • World Bank
    • UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
    • UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women)
    • UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
    • UNFPA (United Nations Populations Fund)
    • WHO (World Health Organisation)
    • World Food Programme
    • UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
    • ILO (International Labour Organisation)
  • The Joint Programme is coordinated by the UNAIDS Secretariat, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.


Q1) What is AIDS?

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body's ability to fight infection and disease. HIV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

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