© Gemma Taylor for Frontline AIDS

We are working with local communities in India to keep momentum going behind the country’s downward trend in HIV infections.

Although the estimated rate of new HIV infections in India has halved in the past decade, India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world, with 2.1 million people living with HIV.

India’s epidemic is concentrated among marginalised populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, people who use drugs and sex workers. Efforts to change this have been bolstered by the landmark ruling in September 2018 that overturned section 377 and decriminalised homosexuality.

Our partners, since 1998, have been on the frontline in innovating and preventing new HIV infections and reducing the numbers of people dying from AIDS-related illnesses. Covering 98% of the districts of this vast country, our work covers a broad range of activities to help these marginalised groups get access to the HIV services and support that they need.


  • 2.1 million people are living with HIV.
  • 6.3% of people who inject drugs are living with HIV.
  • 2.7% of MSM are living with HIV.

meet one of OUR PARTNERS

India HIV/AIDS Alliance

India HIV/AIDS Alliance is one of our largest partners and we have worked together since 2001. We carry out vital work with marginalised communities to foster wellbeing, realise equality, and affirm the dignity of communities most affected by HIV and AIDS in India.

They lead a national programme to help more than 200 community-based organisations develop their skills to deliver HIV prevention information and support for MSM, transgender people and hijras in 17 states across the country.

They also run a national programme to establish and manage 350 care and support centres in 31 states and territories, helping to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. And they deliver programmes that provide harm reduction, HIV and health services for people who use drugs and their partners. India HIV/AIDS Alliance is currently piloting WINGS, a novel approach for working with women who use drugs on reducing gender based violence (GBV) and HIV prevalence.

They also support communities to run campaigns to influence legal processes to ensure rights, protection and dignity for marginalised communities.

In India, we also work with The Humsafar TrustLEPRA SocietyMAMTA Health Institute For Mother And Child (MAMTA), and Vasavya Mahila Mandali (VMM).


In 2019, India HIV/AIDS Alliance reached:

  • Over 1.4 million people with sexual and reproductive health and rights interventions including HIV.
  • Over 1.3 million people from marginalised groups with HIV prevention activities.

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