Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention (PHDP) is an approach to help improve the quality of lives of people living with HIV (PLHIV). The approach calls for a shared responsibility for HIV prevention to counter the stigma and blame attached to HIV transmission and starts with the rights and wellbeing of people living with HIV (PLHIV).
It builds on the Greater Involvement of PLHIV (GIPA) Principle. The GIPA Principle was forty-two (42) countries (including Zimbabwe) agreed in the greater involvement of PLHIV the designing, implantation and monitoring of HIV policies and programmes at all levels in Paris in 1994. Over the years the programme was later adopted as the Meaningful Involvement of PLHIV (MIPA). Zimbabwe adopted the MIPA principle in 2004.
Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention (PHDP) is about finding a way for us to live full and contented lives with dignity-free from stigma. It gives us a set of standards that we can use to ensure PLHIV are treated fairly by their families, communities and institutions. Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention (PHDP) is not only about HIV, it is about all our needs and desires. Finding a way to live a full and content life with dignity free from stress. The key principles are: