Glasgow City Council should seize opportunity to get to zero new infections

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Friday 23rd November 2018

Glasgow City Councillors will be asked to sign up to a global initiative to fast-track the cities response to HIV and achieve zero new infections by 2030 next week. A paper, which will be voted on by the City Administration Committee on 29th November, aims to ensure Glasgow can sign the Paris Agreement to become a Fast-Track City.

The Fast-Track Cities initiative is a global partnership between more than 250 cities, the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and the Mayor of Paris. The initiative was launched on World AIDS Day 2014.

The Interim Chief Executive at HIV Scotland, Nathan Sparling, said:

“This is a historic moment as Glasgow City Councillors will make a decision to become the first Fast-Track City in Scotland, committing the city to achieving key global targets and reaching zero new HIV infections by 2030.

“By signing up to the Fast-Track Cities initiative, Glasgow will unlock global resources that support local efforts to prevent HIV, increase testing within communities most vulnerable to HIV and increase the quality of life for people living with HIV.

“With the background of the recent and ongoing outbreak of HIV among people who inject drugs, there has never been a better time for Glasgow to redouble their efforts, and signing up to this initiative shows the right leadership to ending the epidemic.

“This commitment will put Scotland on a world-stage, recognising the excellent work that already happens in our cities, whilst redoubling our efforts to get to zero new infections, and importantly zero stigma about HIV.

“If Glasgow’s Councillors agree, they’ll be leading by example in the fight against HIV stigma, misinformation and misconceptions.”