Elected Officials Gather In Pledge To End HIV

Declaration Signed To End Disease By 2030

Mitch Kelly
December 02, 2019 - 6:19 am
Gathering of Southern Nevada Elected Officials Signing The Paris Declaration, With The Goal Of Ending HIV By 2030

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LAS VEGASM, NV (KXNT) - Sunday, Southern Nevada mayors, county commissioners, and other jurisdictional partners joined representatives from the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) to sign the Paris Declaration, a formal declaration of their commitment to end the HIV epidemic in Nevada by 2030.

The signing took place at the Southern Nevada Health District’s public health center at 280. S. Decatur Blvd. as the public health partners commemorate World AIDS Day.

The signing of the Paris Declaration marks the formal beginning of the Fast-Track Initiative in Nevada, a global partnership between the City of Paris, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Human Settlement Program, IAPAC, as well as local, national, and international organizations and public health agencies.

“The Fast-Track Nevada Initiative represents the dedication and support of our local, state, federal, and global partners who are committed to providing comprehensive resources in our community and stopping the epidemic,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer for the Health District.

The Paris Declaration calls on cities to strengthen their local HIV/AIDS responses and pledge their support to ensure that:

  • 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status
  • 90% of people living with HIV who know their HIV-positive status are on antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • 90% of people living with HIV on ART are achieving viral suppression

The initiative’s fourth target is to reduce the negative impact of discrimination and stigma to zero and is an equally important goal. More information on Fast-Track Cities is available here.

”We welcome Nevada as the first ‘Fast-Track State’ in the United States, and applaud the state, county, and city stakeholders who are committing themselves to attain and surpass the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets,” said Dr. José M. Zuniga, President/CEO of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the Fast-Track Cities initiative’s core technical partner. “We will look to Nevada’s example as a beacon for our current and future US Fast-Track Cities (counties and states) striving to end HIV as a public health threat in every affected community.”

HIV statistics in Clark County in 2018:

  • 10,341 people living with HIV
  • 457 people were newly diagnosed with HIV
  • Seven in eight people newly diagnosed with HIV were male
  • African American and Hispanic individuals accounted for 62 percent of all new HIV diagnoses Men who have sex with other men accounted for 83 percent of new HIV diagnoses in males