Aberdeen commits to ending HIV

Councillors sign up to international target to eradicate virus in next decade

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Councillors in Aberdeen have unanimously pledged to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.

Aberdeen is now the second Scottish city, joining Glasgow, to sign up to the UN’s 90-90-90 eradication target.

It sets a goal of 90% of all people living with HIV knowing their status, 90% of those that know their status being on drugs that suppress the virus and 90% of people on these drugs being unable to pass the virus on as a result.

A recent report found Scotland is on track to meet the target.

Aberdeen councillor Sarah Duncan, who proposed the motion, highlighted the “myths and stigma” surrounding HIV.

She also stressed the importance of diagnosing the condition early on.

Nathan Sparling, HIV Scotland’s chief executive, said: “It’s great news that Aberdeen will be Scotland’s second city committed to ending the HIV epidemic by 2030, and another step toward our goal to make Scotland the first country in the world where all of our cities are signed up to this global initiative.

“Ending HIV-related stigma is the most important part of the initiative. Stigma contributes to high rates of late diagnoses, which in turn impacts on the health of people living with HIV.

“With swift access to testing and treatment, people living with HIV live long, healthy lives and can’t pass the virus on to others.”