Access to healthcare and HIV treatment medication is still an ongoing issue affecting people everywhere, especially LGB, trans and intersex people, sex workers, indigenous people, young women, people who use drugs and many more vulnerable populations worldwide.
Some parts of the world are cut off from medication due to political situation (e.g. in Venezuela) or armed conflict. More than half of people globally living with HIV have no access to life-saving medication. Certain administrations and their presidents (Putin, Trump and Duterte) have become indifferent to the fight against HIV and AIDS, and to the care needed especially for people who use drugs, or LGB, trans and intersex communities.
People of colour, migrants and refugees are suffering from exclusion by laws and policies. The western world still does not have equal access to PEP and PrEP, medications that could prevent the addition of new people living with HIV to our community.
Besides inequality in access to both HIV treatment medications and healthcare options, people living with HIV are prone to stigmatisation, discrimination and, in many parts of the world, even prosecution.
The fact that people with HIV who use medication successfully are incapableof transmitting HIV is still not widely known to the general public. The knowledge that undetectable equals untransmittable (U = U) is hugely empowering and de-stigmatising for people living with HIV, and a powerful tool for putting an end to stigmatisation.