Edinburgh City Council is set to sign the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending the AIDS Epidemic today as it seeks to cut the rates of new HIV infection in the city and eliminate discrimination and stigma associated with the condition.

During a meeting of the Edinburgh City Council on 21st November, Council Leader Adam McVey will ask Councillors to vote to support the Fast-Track Cities initiative and have the Lord Provost sign the Paris Agreement on behalf of the Council.  

Should Edinburgh City Council sign up as a Fast-Tack City, Councillors would be committing to work with partners to:

  • Continue work to exceed the UN’s 90:90:90 HIV targets (90 per cent of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90 per cent of people with diagnosed HIV on treatment, 90 per cent of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads)
  • End new HIV infections in the city by 2030
  • Put a stop to HIV-related stigma and discrimination
  • Stop preventable deaths from HIV-related causes
  • Work to improve the health, quality of life and wellbeing of people living with HIV across the city.

Nathan Sparling, Chief Executive of HIV Scotland, said: “It is great that the Leader of the Council is proposing that Edinburgh joins the global partnership to end the HIV epidemic. It shows that Edinburgh City Council is committed to reducing HIV stigma, and completely eradicating HIV transmission in the city by 2030. This is an ambitious, but achievable target, that requires all partners to work together to implement the Fast-Track Cities initiative.

“People living with HIV who are on effective treatment can live a long and healthy life, and most importantly can’t pass HIV on to others. We need to ensure testing is easily accessible to all so that those who do not know they are HIV positive can access care and treatment.

“With a prevention toolkit of PrEP, treatment, condoms and testing, we can make real strides towards ending new infections. Ahead of World AIDS Day, that’s an important commitment to make, as we pause to reflect on 30 years of the epidemic, and now commit to redouble our efforts to end it.”