Agenda 3. Follow up to the thematic segment from the 40th PCB Meeting
Delivered by Marsha Martin, NGO North America
Thank you Mr. Chair. And Thank you UNFPA and UNAIDS for convening the inaugural meeting of the Global Prevention Coalition. We in the NGO delegation agree that a new effort is urgently needed to reinvigorate primary HIV prevention. We agree that this new effort needs to build on lessons learned from previous prevention initiatives, to fully embrace the five pillars of HIV prevention; especially when it comes to addressing the needs and protecting the rights of those most vulnerable; and to ensuring access to comprehensive combination prevention education and the latest in biomedical services. We also agree there is global consensus that the 90-90-90 target to reduce new HIV infections can be achieved if primary prevention programs are rapidly scaled up alongside treatment, remembering that successful HIV treatment is durable prevention. And we also applaud the member states and colleagues from the highest impact countries for their commitments to adopt the strategies contained in the roadmap and to implement the 10 point actions plans with its dashboards and report cards. We believe the establishment of the Global Prevention Coalition will eventually emerge as the global strategy that truly made a lasting difference.
However, in order to be fully realized, we also know new efforts are needed to make the necessary investments, systematically scale up and implement effective programs, including addressing structural and policy barriers that prevent people from accessing and using HIV prevention services.
As I stated earlier, we are very encouraged by the level of commitment and engagement shown by various delegations participating in the inaugural GPC however what is discouraging to us is that we see in some locations we are no longer moving forward to scale up of HIV prevention services. Quite the contrary, once again, in some places, condoms are re-emerging as evidence of sex work to arrest various people from of all populations at risk for HIV; young adolescent girls and boys are turning to transactional sex to meet life and materials needs; people who use drugs are being disappear and killed; and finally HIV positive men who have sex with men attending clinics to support retention in and adherence to antiretroviral care are arrested. This cannot be our collective action on the HIV prevention front. It will not work. We in the NGO community want to encourage UNAIDS, UNFPA and all of the countries to do things differently.
After nearly four decades, we know how to prevent and treat HIV. We have all of the tools and the latest technologies that are evidence and human rights based. Let’s take the approach of the Global Prevention Coalition, let’s follow the roadmap and take the necessary ten steps and arrive together as one united global community at the end of AIDS.