August 3, 2017–Mayor William Bell along with Jefferson County HIV/AIDS Community Coalition has signed Birmingham as one of the 13 cities in the United States dedicated to eliminating AIDS by 2020 and the spread of AIDS by 2030.
The Fast-Track Cities initiative was launched on World AIDS Day 2014 in Paris, France. More than 70 high-burden cities around the world have since signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending AIDS and engaged political leaders, affected communities, civil society, city health officials, clinical and service providers, and other stakeholders to accelerate their local AIDS responses.
The goal of a Fast Track City is to achieve this “90-90-90” target by 2020:
- 90% of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status.
- 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status on treatment.
- 90% of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads.
What do Mayors commit to do by signing the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities?
- End AIDS as a public health threat in cities by 2030.
- Put people at the center of everything they do.
- Address the causes of risk, vulnerability and transmission. Use all means including municipal ordinances and other tools to address factors that make people vulnerable to HIV and other diseases.
- Use AIDS response for positive social transformation.
- Build and accelerate an appropriate response to local needs.
- Mobilize resources for integrated public health and development.
- Unite as leaders.
For more information about Fast Track Cities please visit http://www.iapac.org/cities/