Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
International AIDS Society Conference - Day 4 - Call to sign DC declaration
The day held many highlights. There was ongoing discussion on the importance of the international community continuing to partner in the continuing challenges related to the epidemic. This is a time where national governments will be expected to continue to increase local contributions to local programs, however external assistance is a valuable and essential element in continuing to turn the tide. A great deal has been achieved. Yet there is much more to do. A way of contributing to this process is by signing the DC declaration.
Please could you consider signing this document. This is an important contribution you can make. Consider sharing it also with other friends and colleagues.
Some of the world's leading HIV researchers have signed the D.C. Declaration. Community advocates have signed. Have you?
The possibility of beginning to end the AIDS epidemic in our lifetimes is now a reality, but it requires a scale up of resources and efforts using the tools we have today to curb new infections and improve the health of tens of millions of people with HIV/AIDS. Turning the tide will take concerted leadership at all levels of government, health systems, and academic and non-governmental organizations. The Washington, D.C. Declaration calls for:
- An increase in targeted new investments
- Access for all to evidence-based HIV prevention, treatment and care
- An end to stigma, discrimination, legal sanctions and human rights abuses against those living with and at risk for HIV
- Marked increases in HIV testing, counselling and linkages to services
- Treatment for all pregnant and nursing women living with HIV and an end to peri-natal transmission
- Access to antiretroviral treatment for all in need
- Identification, diagnosis and treatment of TB
- Accelerated research on new HIV prevention and treatment tools
- Mobilization and meaningful involvement of affected communities.
- Sign the declaration online at www.dcdeclaration.org or www.2endaids.org
- You too can lend your name before the final number of endorsements is announced at the Closing Session!