Policy Brief The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA)

10 April 2007

This policy stresses that no single agency or organization can provide for the full spectrum of needs of people living with HIV: partnerships between actors are therefore needed. To enable the active engagement of people living with HIV, UNAIDS urges all actors to ensure that people living with HIV have the space and the practical support for their greater and more meaningful involvement. The GIPA Principle aims to realize the rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, including their right to self-determination and participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives. This principle was formalized at the 1994 Paris AIDS Summit when 42 countries agreed to “support a greater involvement of people living with HIV at all levels and to stimulate the creation of supportive political, legal and social environments”.