Jordan

We’re on the frontline of AIDS in Jordan, working to uphold the human rights of marginalised people and support women who experience violence.

The situation regarding HIV in Jordan remains largely unknown due to a lack of regular collection and reporting of data. As a result, any changes in HIV epidemic are hard to determine.

On a whole, Jordan is a relatively safe country for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as same-sex sexual relations are not criminalised. Contrary to this, sex work and drug use are.

However, patriarchal gender norms are still deeply entrenched and women living with and most affected by HIV face stigma, discrimination and violence in all settings, including health services. Through the LEARN MENA project, women in their diversity have begun to mobilize national stakeholders to address violence against women in the context of HIV.

Considering Jordan is part of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, it belongs to one of two regions which have similar numbers of AIDS-related deaths year on year. The lack of access to HIV testing, treatment and care in the region is largely responsible for this.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 55% of people living with HIV in Jordan are on antiretroviral treatment.
  • Same-sex sexual conduct is not illegal in Jordan.
  • Migration can put people in vulnerable situations increasing the risk of HIV transmission, something that has heavily affected Jordan since the Syrian conflict.

We currently do not have a Linking Organisation in Jordan, but implement our programmes via a number of partners in the country.

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