"More than just a Roof over my Head: Housing for People Living with HIV/AIDS around the World"
WASHINGTON, DC, July 22, 2010 -- Today, the International AIDS Housing Roundtable (IAHR) is releasing "More than just a Roof over my Head: Housing for People Living with HIV/AIDS around the World," a report examining the relationship between HIV/AIDS and housing instability in 17 communities across the globe, at a press conference at the International AIDS Conference.
Just over half of the world's population lives in urban areas; one third of these residents are poor, almost a quarter live in slums. Slum conditions such as poor sanitation and hygiene, unsafe water supply, insecure land tenure and lack of access to basic services increase the risk of HIV infection and poor health outcomes.
HIV-related stigma and discrimination can impact family and community support, income and employment, and housing security. Gender inequality and homophobia impact both housing security and HIV/AIDS risk, creating a double vulnerability for HIV-positive women and sexual minorities.
The report is funded by the Ford Foundation and based on testimony from IAHR members working across the globe. Its release is just one of the many housing-related events at the International AIDS Conference.
The International AIDS Housing Roundtable is a project of the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC). To read the entire report and learn more about the link between housing and HIV/AIDS, please visit the NAHC website.
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About National AIDS Housing Coalition: The National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in February 1994. NAHC believes that persons living with HIV/AIDS have a fundamental right to decent, safe, affordable housing and supportive services that are responsive and appropriate to their self-determined needs. NAHC works to ensure that the diverse voices of those infected and affected by HIV are heard and their needs are met.