Dundee City Council voted last night to sign the Paris Agreement, and as such Dundee has become the third city in Scotland to commit to ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.

 

The Fast Track Cities Initiative is an international programme to help achieve and maintain the UN 90-90-90 targets:

 

· 90% of all people living with HIV knowing their status

 

· 90% of those that know their status being on anti-retroviral drugs

 

· 90% of those on antiretroviral drugs having an undetectable viral load and thus being unable to pass the virus 

 

In addition to the 90-90-90 targets, and most importantly, the Paris Agreement commits cities to reduce HIV-related stigma to zero.

 

HIV Scotland, who are the national partner for Fast-Track Cities in Scotland, welcomed the news. 

 

The Chief Executive, Nathan Sparling, said:

 

“It’s really exciting that Dundee will become Scotland’s third city that has committed to ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. 

 

“We have come so far in our journey to end the HIV epidemic, and this is just another important step toward our goal to make Scotland a Fast-Track country, united to end the epidemic by 2030.

 

“Ending HIV-related stigma is the most important part of the initiative. Stigma contributes to high rates of late diagnoses, which in turn impacts on the health of people living with HIV. With swift access to testing and treatment, people living with HIV live long, healthy lives and can’t pass the virus on to others.

 

“We’ve been delighted to be work with NHS Tayside and Dundee City Council; their determination to get to zero is important. It’s time to get to work.”

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