By Laura Kirkegaard – Policy Advisor AIDS-Fondet/ The Danish AIDS Foundation
Dear Madam Chair,
On behalf of the Danish AIDS Foundation, let me commend the UNAIDS working group’s discussion paper on the AIDS response in the post 2015 agenda and the initiative to create common messages and strategies to position HIV and AIDS within this agenda.
We support the development of ambitious targets for HIV and AIDS under a Health Goal. We agree that getting to Zero new HIV infections should remain one of the main goals of the AIDS response. We ask for a discussion on what will be needed to get to zero new HIV infections.
The expiry date – June 2013 – of the female condoms that UNAIDS generously provides in the ladies room should – notwithstanding the merits of this tool –serve to remind us that we urgently need to invest in an adequate, expanded and updated prevention tool box accessible to all.
It is time to re-emphasize prevention. Continued roll out of treatment is necessary, but not a sustainable prevention strategy.
The tools we have today were created in response to public demand and both public and private investments. We need to ensure continued commitment to invest in developing more effective prevention methods.
Access to a preventive vaccine is a critical to achievingzero new HIV infections.The vaccine field has produced a range of exciting new discoveries since the formulation of the MDGs. We ask that support for biomedical research for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV and AIDSis considered by this board and by the UNAIDS / Lancet commission as an integral part of a new goal on health in the future development framework.