HIV Fast tracked cities initiative
An Cathaoirleach Cllr Shay Brennan last week signed a joint accord with local authorities nationally and internationally to take part in the HIV Fast-Track Cities Initiative. This is a global partnership between almost 300 cities and municipalities, the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and the City of Paris. The Initiative was originally launched on Word AIDS Day in Paris in 2014.
The initiative’s aim is to build upon, strengthen, and leverage existing HIV programmes and resources to attain the following targets by 2020:
- 90% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) know their HIV status
- 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are on HIV treatment
- 90% of PLHIV on HIV treatment have suppressed viral loads
- Zero stigma and discrimination
In line with Health Ireland, and the Healthy Cities and Counties programme, a multi-city approach has been agreed for the 4 main cities: Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. The Paris Declaration was signed by An Cathaoirleach on behalf of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and was signed by representatives from other city and county authorities, a community HIV partner and the four core partners: IAPAC, UNAIDS, UN-Habitat and city of Paris.
€450,000 in funding from the HSE will allow the community HIV testing programme to expand further, to incorporate other at risk populations. Across the four partners in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick being funded for rapid community HIV testing for at risk populations, the target is to conduct 3,250 tests in 2019.
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