UNITED NATIONS, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, better known as UNAIDS, launched a new website to identify national laws and policies related to AIDS response, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.
The Laws and Policies Analytics website covers areas as diverse as a country's ability to diagnose HIV among babies, the existence of discriminating laws against transgender people or whether people are prosecuted for even carrying condoms, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said at a press briefing.
"The website aims to give a full overview of the country's laws and policies regarding the HIV response," he said. "It allows policy data to be viewed jointly with other information on the HIV epidemic and response."
Under a 2016 UN declaration on HIV and AIDS, many countries have committed to accelerate the efforts to significantly increase the availability of high-quality data on HIV.
The website hosts data from over 140 countries that can be searched by country or region through an interactive map or on a specific topic, Dujarric said.