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Amsterdam Ahead in the Fight against AIDS/HIV

by our Editors in Health & Body , 03 september 2016


Alongside four other cities in the world, Amsterdam is ahead in the fight against AIDS/HIV. The initiative Fast Track Cities announced this result at AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South-Africa.

Of all the new HIV infection in the world, a staggering 89% is registered in a city. AIDS is truly urban guerrilla warfare. Half the world's population now lives in urban areas, and it is expected that in 2030, this has grown to 60%. The cities in low and middle income countries grow fastest. The success of the AIDS response thus depends mainly on what happens in the cities.

“A city has a unique and important part to play in the fight against AIDS,” President of Aids Fonds-STOP AIDS NOW!-Soa Aids Nederland Louise van Deth notes. “In cities, it is easier to reach the right people at risk of contracting HIV, such as young people, men who have sex with men, transgenders, migrants, sex workers, and drug users.”

Two years ago in Paris it was agreed that cities all over the world will have to work extra hard to combat HIV. Amsterdam and 25 other cities placed their signature then, but now over 200 cities are joining.

San Francisco, Denver, Paris, Kiev and Amsterdam are at the forefront of their aspirations and approach, the results showed. Amsterdam is probably the first city to achieve the 90-90-90 targets in the near future. This means that 90% of people with HIV has been tested and knows their status, 90% of those people are receiving treatment, and 90% of them have a viral load that is undetectable, and therefore no longer transmit the virus. In Amsterdam there are 6,100 people with HIV. The score at the moment is: 93 – 86 – 94.

Amsterdam is particularly effective because of the H-TEAM, in which all AIDS-fighters work together and seek solutions in collaboration with the people living with HIV. By combining information, prevention, testing and treatment, the H-TEAM works on a future without new HIV infections.
 



 







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