by Jill Hanass-Hancock, Paul Chappell, Hellen Myezwa et al.
The Lancet HIV, Vol. 3, No. 12, e556–e557, December 2016
Disability inclusion is finally an integral part of the political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, but people with disabilities, researchers, and representatives from the UN and funding agencies at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban warned that concrete actions are needed to ensure pledges do not become further political rhetoric. Recent prevalence analysis reveals that some sub-groups, such as women and girls with disabilities and those with intellectual disabilities or hearing impairments, might be at high risk of exposure to HIV. Some sub-groups could therefore also be disproportionally part of at-risk populations. Given this evidence, the new declaration rightly states that “the global AIDS response remains inadequately targeted and inaccessible to persons with disabilities”.