Positive Health, Dignity in Prevention

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention highlight the importance of placing the person living with HIV at the centre of managing their health and wellbeing. Among other things, it takes us beyond the more limited concept of ’positive prevention’ that focuses only on people living with HIV preventing the transmission of HIV to emphasizing the importance of addressing prevention and treatment simultaneously and holistically. This is a distinct shift from narrowly targeting at changing the behaviour of people who know that they are HIV-positive, with limited consideration of how failure to meet their needs for social support, human rights and treatment of PLHIV can undermine HIV treatment and prevention efforts to recognising the value of PLHIV as partners, leaders and implementers of the HIV response, including HIV prevention. Swaziland has embraced this shift and as part of HIV combination prevention.