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The Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS adopted

6/10/2011 // The 2011 High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS concluded Friday. The final declaration includes important references to populations at higher risk of the disease, men having sex with men being one of them.

The Norwegian delegation to this year’s high-level meeting on HIV and AIDS included HRH The Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Norwegian Minister of Environment and Development, Erik Solheim and State Secretary Ragnhild Mathisen from the Ministry of Health.

One important feature of the new declaration that was adopted Friday is the reference to populations in high risk of contracting HIV and AIDS. The declaration especially mentions men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and sex workers.

The declaration specifies clear, measurable targets, including to halve sexual transmission of HIV by 2015, reduce HIV transmission among people who inject drugs by 50 per cent by 2015, ensure that by 2015 no child will be born with HIV, increase universal access to antiretroviral therapy, get 15 million people onto life-saving treatment by 2015, and to halve tuberculosis deaths in people living with HIV by 50 per cent by 2015.

The declaration can be read in full here:
Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS.

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