Who are key populations?
They are groups that experience both increased impact from one of the diseases and decreased access to services. It also includes groups that are criminalized or otherwise marginalized.
For example, in the context of HIV, key populations include:
- Men who have sex with men
- Transgender people
- Sex workers
- People who inject drugs
- People living with HIV
A more comprehensive definition of “key populations” is available for download below.
- Key Populations: A Definition
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The Global Fund also recognizes vulnerable populations - those who have increased vulnerabilities in a particular context, such as adolescent/women and girls, miners and people with disabilities.
Mark Dybul & Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG