Politicians and physicians from around the world are meeting in London today to jointly develop plans to fight HIV to create a future without AIDS.
The Global AIDSfree Cities Forum, in Conduit, Mayfair, is the pinnacle of the Evening Standard campaign, The Independent and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
It will focus on UN targets "90-90-90", aimed at informing at least 90% of people with HIV about their status, getting 90% of them on treatment and 90% virally suppressed.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Minister for International Development Penny Mordaunt and visiting delegates attending civic leaders from six key cities addressing the AIDS challenge – Kiev, Delhi, Atlanta, Maputo, Nairobi and London.
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International Development Minister Penny Mordaunt stepped out on stage after Health Secretary. He told the audience: "While the world has taken great strides in the fight against HIV and AIDS, we have to step up our efforts.
"The battle is far from over, especially in poorer countries where stigma remains, lack of consciousness, and a shortage of life-saving medicines.
"AIDS is still the biggest killer of women of reproductive age around the world and about 7,000 young women each week are infected with HIV.
"UK Aid Match means that every time the British public resorts to AIDS, we respond to their gifts of pounds per pound and their generosity goes twofold.
"Today is a celebration of success and management. All of you praise for your leadership, determination and productive action.
"The scope of our ambitions is clear, we are all passionately convinced that we can create a world without AIDS, and I know we will go."
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The Health Secretary has now announced his intention that the government work to ensure that the United Kingdom does not have any new HIV cases by 2030.
He said: "I am pleased to announce today that we will support and add funds to this campaign.
"Today we set a new target: to eradicate HIV transmission in England by 2030.
"It will include solutions from ultra-local to global … we plan to go from" Do not dwell from ignorance "to a world without AIDS."
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Good morning and welcome to our coverage of today's Global AIDSfree Cities Forum.
Prior to the conference, we will look back at the beginning of the AIDS campaign in early December, and we will again visit the words Sir Elton John and Evening Standard and the independent owner Evgeny Lebedev describing the goals:
As we write, 37 million people worldwide live with HIV. Only last year the virus infected 1.8 million people and 940,000 died of AIDS-related illness. It does not have to happen.
Today's drugs not only allow people living with HIV to have their full and full lives, but also make sure they can not transfer the virus to others.
The challenge is that too many people still do not realize they are at risk, they are too afraid of stigma or have been denied the ability to test HIV.
That is why we raise awareness in cities around the world about the fight against the shame associated with HIV; promote safe and available testing; and to help connect people in need of HIV treatment to the right care.
The topic of the World AIDS Day on Saturday – 30th International Information Campaign – was "to know its status".
Why? Because everyone should understand the risks of HIV, and everyone who needs it should have the opportunity of dignified help and support.
This can happen only when we know our status.
We will do normal HIV testing and interrupt the stigma surrounding the virus.
Together we will address all those who live, are affected or at risk of HIV / AIDS.
Bring them the help they need and make sure that no one is left behind, wherever they could live and who they could be, so we can really create a future without AIDS.
With love and thanks,
Elton and Evgeny
Money raised from public subsidies through an appeal against AIDS will be used to support the Elton John Foundation Foundation's projects in six key cities around the world (London, Nairobi, Atlanta, Kiev, Delhi and Maputo). Through US support, the British government will double public donations of up to £ 2 million to be spent on projects in Maputo and Nairobi.