Austin will join 96 other cities world-wide, and is the 20th US city to sign the declaration.
What: In 2016 there were 4,716 Austin/Travis County residents living with HIV infection. An additional 987 persons are estimated to be infected, but don’t know they have the virus. Despite progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the virus continues to spread. Approximately 250 new cases are diagnosed each year in Austin/Travis County. Black and Latino men who have sex with men account for 47% of the new cases here. Austin will now join 96 other cities globally, and will be the 20th U.S. city to sign the Paris Declaration.
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
10 am--Introductory Presentations
11 am--Signing Ceremony of the Paris Declaration to end the AIDS epidemic
Where: Austin Central Library | Roof Garden, 710 West Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas 78701
Austin Mayor, Steve Adler
Travis County Judge, Sarah Eckhardt
Dr. José M. Zuniga, President/CEO, International Association of Providers for AIDS Care (IAPAC) and UNAIDS Special Advisor on Fast-Track Cities
Why: Important opportunities exist to address prevention, testing and rapid linkage to treatment, retention in treatment, achieving viral suppression and ending stigma. This signing will launch an important coordinated community effort to attain specific Austin/Travis County 90-90-90 targets by 2020:
90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status
90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained treatment
90% of all people receiving treatment will have undetectable viral load
Reduce to zero the negative impact of stigma and discrimination