AIDS epidemic can be close to its end
01 Dicember, 2011 - On World AIDS Day, UN representatives highlight achievements in 30 years of AIDS and strengthen the Global Strategy "Get to Zero." Promoting access to prevention and treatment, addressing stigma and discrimination and respecting human rights are considered key actions. According to UN leaders, access to antiretroviral treatment and comprehensive health services to people living with HIV, as well as actions of prevention among vulnerable populations such as youth, sex workers, drug users, homosexuals and transsexuals have made HIV perfectly avoidable. Read the message for World AIDS Day of the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, the executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, and the executive director of UNODC, Yuri Fedotov.
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
"Among populations at risk, the tide is shifting. Access to HIV prevention services are helping young people, sex workers and their clients, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, and transgender people to take control of their health for greater well-being." Read the full message.
UNAIDS Executive-Director, Michel Sidibé
"The gulf between treatment and prevention has ended. Treatment is prevention. The divide between health and AIDS has narrowed, as AIDS comes out of isolation and into integrated and holistic health services. The AIDS response has paved the path for a people-centred health delivery system, one that values and restores the respect and dignity of every individual." Read the full message.
UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov
"The successful strategy included treatment of drug dependence, welfare opportunities and HIV interventions in integrated and well coordinated facilities. Cooperation and partnerships with civil society organizations increased. Human rights were respected. The results speak for themselves." Read the full message.