The International AIDS Conference: We have the knowledge and tools to end the AIDS epidemic
We have the knowledge and tools to end the AIDS epidemic. What we need now is the political commitment to deliver proven strategies at a scale that will turn the tide.
Over 33 million people around the world live with HIV, many in poverty. Less than half the people who are eligible to receive life-saving anti-retroviral medications have access them. Stigma and discrimination continue to plague the most vulnerable groups.
The link between poverty and the AIDS epidemic is clear. Living in poverty is a key factor in vulnerability to HIV transmission and in increased disease progression for those already living with HIV.
“In a scenario unthinkable just a few years ago, we now have the knowledge to begin to end AIDS in our lifetimes. Yet, at this moment of extraordinary scientific progress and potential, the global response to AIDS faces crippling financial challenges that threaten past success and future progress,” said Elly Katabira, president of the IAS and Chair of the the XIX International AIDS Conference.
A declaration calling for global support to end the AIDS epidemic was announced on July 10 by the International AIDS Society.
The “Washington, D.C. Declaration,” which seeks to build broad support for beginning to end the AIDS epidemic through a nine-point action plan, is the official declaration of the XIX International AIDS Conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C. from July 22 to 27, 2012.
Drafted by a writing committee of international experts, the goal of the declaration is for scientists, politicians, celebrities and all other concerned citizens of the world to sign on to the document to express their support.