Monaco has joined a network of more than 250 cities worldwide by signing the Paris Declaration, making a commitment to Fast-Track its response to the HIV epidemic and adopt the 90–90–90 targets.
The 90-90-90 targets are that, by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people living with HIV will have access to antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people on antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
At a ceremony attended by Princess Stephanie of Monaco, who is also the President of Fight AIDS Monaco and a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador, the Mayor of the Principality, Georges Marsan, stressed the importance of testing as the entry point to getting people on treatment and keeping them healthy.
Twice a year since 2012, Monaco has taken its HIV testing campaign to the streets of the principality through its Test in the City campaign. In his speech, the mayor also underlined the importance of preventing new HIV infections.
In his remarks at the event, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé recalled visiting South Africa with Princess Stephanie in 2009, when just several hundred thousand people in the country had access to antiretroviral therapy to keep them alive and healthy. Today, he said, that number has expanded to 4.3 million people.
Mr Sidibé added that cities had a vital role to play as hubs of innovation and research and that they could help reach forgotten groups of people at risk of HIV infection.
Also present at the event were Monaco’s Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Didier Gamerdinger, and the Vice-President of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, Bertrand Audoin.