IPSF at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS 2016

From June 8 to 10, 2016, the United Nations and civil society gathered for a High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.

IPSF members from CAPSI (Canada), APhA-ASP (USA), and the Executive Committee were in attendance at this event. Panels were held discussing AIDS within the Sustainable Development Goals, financing the project, achieving 90-90-90, social justice/inclusive societies, and preventing new infections. Target goals were made for 2020 and 2030.

By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

By 2030, the world will end the AIDS epidemic.

HIV/AIDS is a disease that disproportionately affects vulnerable populations such as women, men who have sex with men, IV drug users, sex workers, transgender people, prisoners, and sex workers. The epidemic discriminates against those of lower socioeconomic background and is in itself not only a gender equality issue but a human rights issue. No longer can we afford to cast an eye away from the 36.9 million people in the world living with HIV.

IPSF through the HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign plays a vital role in addressing the stigma that oppresses those living with HIV/AIDS and promoting education to prevent further transmission. This is a call to arms for all of us to do our part and keep the world accountable for reaching its goals in 2020 and 2030.


Text and photo by Eric Kao, IPSF PARO Vampire Cup Campaign subcoordinator

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