London joins Fast-Track Cities initiative

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

London has signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending AIDS, reflecting the city's ambition to cut rates of new HIV infection in the capital and eliminate discrimination and stigma associated with the condition.

London has already made great strides towards achieving the primary United Nations (UN) targets for the Fast-Track Cities initiative. In 2016, for the first time in London, all the UN’s 90:90:90 targets were met with 90 per cent of people living with HIV infection diagnosed, 97 per cent of people diagnosed receiving treatment, and 97 per cent of people receiving treatment being virally suppressed. London is only the third city to achieve this target so far – joining Amsterdam and Melbourne.

During an event held at City Hall today, representatives from London Councils alongside the Mayor, NHS England and Public Health England agreed to support the Fast-Track Cities initiative.

Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils’ Executive member for health, said:

“Improving residents’ health and wellbeing is a priority for London boroughs, which is why we are delighted to sign up to the HIV Fast-Track Cities initiative to spur on London’s fight against HIV.

“By working with colleagues across the capital we can be even more ambitious and build on the success of Do It London, the London borough-led HIV prevention campaign, and the remarkable 40 per cent decrease in HIV diagnoses seen in central London clinics last year.”

Becoming a Fast-Track City means that London pledges to:

  • Continue work to exceed the UN’s 90:90:90 HIV targets (90 per cent of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90 per cent of people with diagnosed HIV on treatment, 90 per cent of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads).
  • End new HIV infections in the capital by 2030.
  • Put a stop to HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
  • Stop preventable deaths from HIV-related causes.
  • Work to improve the health, quality of life and wellbeing of people living with HIV across the capital.

Read more about the initiative