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Lautoka City Mark World AIDS Day

Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said the general public should help in the fight to combat the increase in HIV transmission in Fiji. He said this during
04 Dec 2015 10:18
Lautoka City Mark World AIDS Day
(centre) Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra with members of the LGBT group, empower pacific and community during the celebrations for world aids day on Tuesday in Lautoka.Photo:SALOTE QALUBAU

Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said the general public should help in the fight to combat the increase in HIV transmission in Fiji.

He said this during the World AIDS Day at Shirley Park, Lautoka, on Tuesday.

“There is a need to accelerate the response to a level that breaks the epidemic and drives down the new HIV infections and deaths,” he said.

Mr Nakauvadra said adopting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 fasttrack approach would mean that by the year 2020, 90 per cent of people living with HIV would know their positive status.

He said 90 per cent of people who knew their HIV positive status would be on antiretroviral treatment and 90 per cent of people receiving treatment would have suppressed viral loads ensuring they remained healthy and reducing the risk of transmission.

“Everyone holds the key to an inclusive stigma free people centered approach that leaves no one behind,” he said.

“Whoever you are, whatever you do, and whoever you love, ending the world AIDS epidemic by 2030 will mean that you have access to HIV prevention and treatment services without discrimination, without judgment and no one will be left behind.”

He said Fiji as a nation needs to work together in promoting testing which will early detection and early access to treatment.

 

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