Partnering with people living with HIV to make informed decisions about their own health care and treatment, research agendas that affect them, and creation and review of policies and programs that directly impact them are important cornerstones of the global response to HIV. At its most basic level, the principle of meaningful involvement of people with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) does two important things: recognizes the important contribution that people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS can have in the response to the epidemic as equal partners, and creates a space within society for involvement and active participation of people living with HIV in all aspects of that response.

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