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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -MESSAGE ON WORLD AIDS DAY 2020

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON WORLD AIDS DAY 1 December 2020 With the world’s attention focused on the COVID-19 crisis, World AIDS Day is a reminder of the need to maintain focus on another global pandemic that is still with us nearly 40 years after it emerged. Despite significant successes, the AIDS emergency is not over.  HIV still infects 1.7 million people each year and kills some 690 000.  And inequalities mean that those who are the least able to stand up for their rights are still the most affected.  COVID-19 has been a wake-up call to the world.  Inequalities in…

National Conference 30 Years of HIV Response in Viet Nam and 2020 World AIDS Day

Remarks by Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam 1 December 2020 Excellency Permanent Deputy Prime Minister and Politbureau Member Truong Hoa Binh; Excellency Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long; Excellencies, Ambassadors, Distinguished guests, colleagues and friends, On behalf of the UN family in Viet Nam, it is my great honour and pleasure to join this year’s World AIDS Day national celebration. World AIDS Day this year is not like any other. It is special because Viet Nam is marking 30 years of the national response to HIV with already many remarkable achievements but also with a view…

Solidarity in the time of COVID-19: healthcare for people most affected by HIV

“My monthly income can barely support my livelihood. The expense of getting this sexually transmitted infection treatment is unaffordable to me,” said Trung (not his real name), who is a male sex worker in his early twenties.  Not daring to tell his parents that he is gay, Trung dropped out of school at the end of junior secondary school and left his hometown six years ago. He started working in a cafe in the daytime and selling sex at night. However, his income is only enough for his daily necessities such as water, food, electricity, gasoline for his motorbike, and…

Solidarity and shared responsibility in the time of COVID-19: Livelihoods assistance for sex workers

“During the COVID-19 lockdown, it has been too difficult to get clients,” said Mai (not her real name), a 48-year-old female sex worker from a province in the Mekong Delta. Since the social distancing restrictions, the livelihood of Mai has been devastated by the lockdown. The post lockdown economic recession due to COVID-19 in Viet Nam has also resulted in a drastic cutdown of her income.  Losing their parents and being abandoned by relatives at a young age, Mai and her younger sister grew up in the face of hardship. For over 10 years, both Mai and her younger sister…

WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2020

1 December 2020 Winnie Byanyima Executive Director of UNAIDS Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations GLOBAL SOLIDARITY, SHARED RESPONSIBILITY World AIDS Day 2020 will be like no other. COVID-19 is threatening the progress that the world has made in health and development over the past 20 years, including the gains we have made against HIV. Like all epidemics, it is widening the inequalities that already existed. Gender inequality, racial inequality, social and economic inequalities. We are becoming a more unequal world. I am proud that over the past year the HIV movement has mobilized to defend our progress, to protect people…

A review of HIV prevention in Viet Nam

Viet Nam demonstrates continued commitment to meet the ambitious Fast-Track Targets of 90-90-90 by 2020 and the end of AIDS as a public health issue, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to achieve these goals and to reach epidemic control, it is essential that continued focus be given to reducing new infections. Prevention remains an essential component of Viet Nam’s national HIV response. Evidence and efforts from within Viet Nam and globally show that HIV prevention saves lives and money. It is a sound, cost-effective and humane investment. Strong steps have been taken to harness the benefits…

What people living with HIV need to know about COVID-19

COVID-19 is a serious disease and all people living with HIV should take all recommended preventive measures to minimize exposure to, and prevent infection by, the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s important to underline that there is currently no strong evidence that people living with HIV are at an especially increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or if they do contract it they will experience a worse outcome. This does not mean that people living with HIV should take COVID-19 lightly and they must take all precautions to protect themselves. As in the general population, older people living with HIV or…

First LGBTIQ community-led summit in Viet Nam calls for united grass root movement

One by one, colorful stickers were taped by the participants to indicate the locations of their LGBTIQ community-based organizations across the rainbow-liked Viet Nam map, soon forming a harmonized and variegated picture in Stronger Together Summit. Over 70 representatives of LGBTIQ communities-based organizations (CBOs) around Viet Nam discussed the ways to advance the LGBTI’s community’s heath, equity and sustainability in the three-day summit led by Lighthouse, a LGBTIQ and youth-led community-based organization, with support from UNAIDS and other development partners. A summit statement has been developed collectively based on the consensus reached in the summit regarding (1) equality and equity,…

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