I dag, 1/12, är det Världsaidsdagen, som ägnas åt att bekämpa aids. Jag har jobbat med frågan på olika sätt under mina snart 15 år som ledamot i Europaparlamentet. De senaste tre åren har jag haft äran att stå värd för en konferens som HIV Outcome Initiative ordnar. Det senaste ägde rum i tisdags 27/11 i Europaparlamentet, inför ett hundratal närvarande från hela världen.
Nedanför är mitt anförande från konferensen.
HIV Outcomes – Beyond Viral Suppression, European Parliament 27/11
Dear friends, I am honored and happy to stand here today, and reflect over how far we’ve come and what a great deal we’ve achieved. We should also reflect on what remains to be done.
I co-hosted the inaugural HIV Outcomes event in December 2016, as well as last year’s launch of the multi-stakeholder recommendations to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV.
I am happy that my colleagues Karin Kadenbach (S&D) and Frederique Ries (ALDE) once again support the event. In an increasingly polarised political environment, I am glad that there are issues where political groups can come together. I appreciate that HIV is one of those issues.
As MEP, I have worked on HIV for many years. Already during my first term in this house I was involved in the development of a European Parliament motion in 2008. It was on early diagnosis and care for HIV/AIDS, alongside, John Bowis, who is now co-president of HIV Outcomes .
Since then, the European Parliament adopted a resolution last in June last year on the EU’s response to HIV/AIDS, TB and Hepatitis C.
The resolution stressed that HIV remains the communicable disease that is associated with the greatest social stigma. This in turn has a severe impact on the quality of life of those affected.
Although HIV is still associated with a considerable stigma, it is also true that a lot has been achieved. It is an understatement to say that we’ve made plenty of progress during the last ten years.
I should really point out, that the work done by this organisation has been important in these achievements. I am glad to see that the HIV Outcomes recommendations, which I helped to launch last year, are being trialled at national level. Particularly in my own country, Sweden.
Sweden was the first country to achieve UNAIDS ’90-90-90’ targets. That is, by 2020 90 percent of all people living with HIV will be diagnosed; 90 percent of diagnosed people will be in care; and 90 percent of all people receiving care will have durable HIV suppression.
While it is certainly positive that we have achieved this target. This is not the time for complacency. We must now look “beyond viral suppression” and make sure that all people living with HIV can live long lives in good health and with good quality of life.
It is important that we continue to share learnings from different countries. I hope to see the HIV Outcomes recommendations spread to more European countries the years to come.
I am not running for office in the next Parliament. But I can promise that together with my colleagues, I will work to keep HIV – in particular issues around living with HIV in the long-term – on the political agenda, particularly as the new European Parliament and Commission take shape in 2019.