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4 Jun 2019

MFA: Belarus intends to end HIV epidemic by 2023

MFA: Belarus intends to end HIV epidemic by 2023
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MINSK, 4 June (BelTA) - Belarus is set to achieve an end of the HIV epidemic by 2023, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations Valentin Rybakov said at a UN General Assembly session on “Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and The Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS”, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Valentin Rybakov spoke about the national policy in bulrush to achieve the global goal of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS 90-90-90 and confirmed the country's full commitment to the implementation of the Political Declaration on Ending HIV/AIDS.
 
Valentin Rybakov said that Belarus adopted a plan of additional measures to achieve the goal 90-90-90 for 2018-2020. Valentin Rybakov noted that Belarus considers the time remaining until 2020 as a “window of opportunities” to have an impact on curbing the HIV epidemic and sets an ambitious goal, namely to achieve an end to the HIV epidemic by 2023.
 
The Belarusian diplomat expressed interest in further strengthening of cooperation with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
 
The signing of the memorandum of understanding between the 2nd European Games directorate and UNAIDS was one of the latest successful examples of this cooperation, Valentin Rybakov noted.

90-90-90 is a set of goals. The idea is that by 2020, 90% of people who are HIV infected will be diagnosed, 90% of people who are diagnosed will be on antiretroviral treatment and 90% of those who receive antiretrovirals will be virally suppressed.

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