Questions And Answers On HIV/AIDS
How bad isthe HIV epidemic in
TheHIV/AIDS epidemic is a serious and growing health and social problem. Itconcerns every country in
HIV/AIDS innot just a health problem. In many ways it is linked to important socialissues. The most vulnerable groups of people are the ones in our societies thatare the most marginalised - e.g. migrants, drug users, sex workers, etc.Frequently, these people are not able to access services (including treatment)and are even in some cases denied service. In addition, stigma anddiscrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS is a problem in all Europeancountries, but in different ways and magnitudes.
Mainchallenges remain to scale up prevention and ensure universal access totreatment and other related services.
Why shouldthe EU tackle HIV in
The EU isin a unique position as it is able to bring together different actors toexchange experience and to build partnerships to address more effectively theHIV/AIDS epidemic in
The EU canalso play a supportive role to that of its Member States and to that of otherEuropean countries. This has already been expressed mainly through the fundingof specific activities.
In the pastfew years, there have been strong voices urging the Commission to play anactive role in combating HIV/AIDS in
What is theCommission doing to address HIV?
TheCommission has established a clear policy on HIV/AIDS in
Since 2004,the Commission has put in place structures for consultation with main partnersin order to formulate and implement its policy on HIV/AIDS. These structuresalso help build partnerships among the participants. The most importantstructures are the HIV/AIDS Think Tank and the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum.The Think Tank is made up by representatives of: governments from all over
TheCommission uses available funding programmes to support activities to combatHIV. These programs are not all funding activities, which are addressingdirectly HIV, but are addressing the social aspects of the epidemic.Frequently, these are the same issues that need to be address in a much broadercontext, such as discrimination in the workplace.
TheCommission has also provided support by assisting Member States with challengesin addressing specific aspects of HIV. The most recent example of this is theGerman Presidency initiative on affordable treatment. The Commission has beeninvolved in the initiative since its launch at the German Presidency Conferenceon HIV/AIDS in
AreEuropeans well informed about HIV/AIDS?
The 2006Eurobarometer on HIV/AIDS prevention showed that, as compared to 2002: