Speech by UNAIDS at the national meeting in observation of 2016 World AIDS Day

Your Excellency Vice Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, Member of the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control,

Your Excellency Vice Chairperson of Da Nang Provincial People’s Committee Dang Viet Dung,

Distinguished guests, colleagues and friends,

I am honoured to mark World AIDS Day this year on behalf of the United Nations Joint Team on HIV in Viet Nam.

This is the second year Viet Nam observes World AIDS Day with the determination to achieve the 90-90-90 targets, toward Ending AIDS by 2030.

I salute your strong will to keep up that commitment.

Today in Viet Nam, 80% of people living with HIV have been diagnosed and know their HIV status. Among them, more than half are receiving treatment. And two thirds of all people on treatment have achieved viral suppression.

These are impressive achievements. I commend Viet Nam for the hard work and progress made so far, and also for committing itself to achieving the Fast-Track targets for Ending AIDS by 2030.

Ladies and gentlemen; colleagues and friends,

Fast Tracking the HIV response for ending AIDS by 2030 is a very ambitious goal, but it is possible.

We have the strong political commitment of Viet Nam’s leaders. We have the knowledge about where to focus our efforts, and what populations are most vulnerable. And we have innovations and new ways of doing things that will help us end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat.

Viet Nam is on track. But we must firmly maintain the gains and move faster to seize this opportunity!

We can only end AIDS if every person living with HIV gets diagnosed, enrolls in treatment and stays on treatment, with sustainable access to quality and affordable medicines and care services.

We can only end AIDS if every person at higher risk of HIV infection can easily access prevention services that they need. That includes needles and syringes, condoms and lubricant, methadone, and other prevention approaches.

We can only end AIDS if every person living with HIV and every person at higher risk of HIV infection can live without fear of stigma and discrimination in their families and communities.

As we commemorate World AIDS Day, let us remember all those who have already lost their fight with AIDS. But today, let us also open our hearts and show our support to people living with HIV, and people at higher risk of HIV!

As Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, has urged us all, “Let us join hands to achieve the 90-90-90 targets, with 100-100-100 commitment and even more!”

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