Fast-Track London Will Only Work If We Keep Our Foot On The Accelerator
By David Rowlands, Jan 12 2018 06:03PM
For the first time in 37 years, an end to new HIV transmissions is beginning to look achievable
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, together with a Who’s Who in council politics, signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities aiming to End the AIDS Epidemic. In an event held at City Hall, the Mayor and representatives from NHS England, Public Health England and London Councils, all pledged support for the initiative.
Their ambition is a bold one. Firstly, to cut rates of new HIV infection in the capital and secondly, and in many ways more importantly, to eliminate the discrimination and stigma associated with the condition.
Signing such a declaration poses two key questions: firstly, is this important? And secondly, is it achievable? The answer, in short, is definitely and maybe.
For the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and many other campaigning organisations this really is an incredibly important and courageous statement for the Mayor to make. It means he is putting the weight of City Hall behind the fight to halt the spread of HIV, and to end the discrimination and stigma associated with it.
He said: “As well as putting an end to new infections, I am clear that HIV-related stigma and discrimination must end too. Improving the quality of life and wellbeing of those living with HIV in London is a priority for me, which is why I’m proud to sign this commitment today.”
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