Removing Barriers to HIV Services

SCALE Regional Conversations

Law and Access: Getting it Right by and for Key Populations is a series of virtual dialogues hosted by the SCALE Initiative for people living with HIV and other key populations to share their experiences countering discriminatory laws and HIV-related criminalization. In March, SCALE held a call for submissions and received an overwhelming response from communities across PEPFAR-supported countries. The conversations will include intimate thematic dialogues including with selected speakers who made submissions to talk about the challenges and opportunities to strengthen key population-led efforts, as well as avenues for scaling up this critical work.

Latin America & the Caribbean
Date: 9 May
Time: 9:00 EST

Asia & the Pacific
Date: 10 May
Time: 13:00 ICT

Date: 11 May
Time: 15:00 EAT

Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Date: 12 May
Time: 12:00 EET

In November 2022 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced a new partnership to scale key population-led approaches to counter discriminatory laws and HIV-related criminalisation.

Key population activists around the world share how they are working to remove
legal and policy barriers standing in the way of progress on HIV.


In the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030, countries committed to urgent and transformative action to remove punitive and discriminatory laws, policies and practices that undermine HIV responses. However, no country is on track to meet these targets.