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New HIV/AIDS political declaration seeks to end
inequalities and get on track to end AIDS by 2030
UNITED NATIONS Member States
at the High-Level Meeting on HIV and
AIDS adopted a Political Declaration
in order to get the world on track to
end AIDS as a public health threat
by 2030.
HIV, ensuring that by 2025, at least
34 million people living with HIV
access to medicines, treatment and
diagnostics.
■ ensure that 95 percent of people at
risk of HIV infection, are protectUnited
Nations building
in New York City
■ commend the progress achieved
in several regions of the world as
a result of implementing research
which has led to massive and
rapid scaling-up of pre-exposure
prophylaxis (PrEP), and the use of
post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP),
in conjunction with treatment as
prevention (TasP), resulting in the
rapid reductions in the number of
new HIV infections.
" With 1.5 million new infections
in 2020, a clear focus on the
communities and settings with the
highest rates of transmission is
urgently needed. WHO welcomes the
new Political Declaration and looks
forward to working with partners
on a coordinated response based
on global solidarity and shared
responsibility, said Dr Meg Doherty,
Director of WHO's Department
of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STIs
Programmes.
The 2021 UNGA High-Level
Re-committing to urgent action
over the next five years, Member
States agreed to:
■ reduce annual new HIV infections
to under 370 000 and annual AIDSrelated
deaths to under 250 000
by 2025, ending pediatric AIDS and
eliminating all forms of HIV-related
stigma and discrimination.
■ achieve the 95-95-95 testing, treatment
and viral suppression targets
within all demographics and groups
and geographic settings, including
children and adolescents living with
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ed against pandemics, including
COVID-19 and have access to HIV
prevention options by 2025.
■ eliminate all forms of sexual and
gender-based violence, including
intimate partner violence, by adopting
and enforcing laws that address
multiple forms of discrimination
and violence faced by women living
with, at risk of and affected by HIV.
■ ensure that 90% of people living
with HIV receive preventive treatment
for TB and reduce AIDSrelated
TB deaths by 80% by 2025.
Meeting on AIDS took place in
New York from June 8-10, 2021,
at a historic moment for the AIDS
response, 40 years after the
emergence of the first cases of HIV.
WHO has organized and supported
different official side-events at the
High-Level meeting to address
important aspects of the response
to HIV/AIDS, through diverse lines of
action, such us: science as the basis
for the HIV/AIDS and other pandemic
responses, accelerating progress
and addressing inequalities through
primary health care and how the step
up the momentum to end TB deaths
among people with HIV.
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