Ekaterinburg will join the Paris Declaration on HIV and AIDS

© RIA Novosti / Pavel to Listenpreise in fotobounce a worker produces rapid analysis of blood in the mobile paragraph of the Sverdlovsk regional center for prevention and treatment of HIV in Yekaterinburg. Archival photoEkaterinburg will join the Paris Declaration on HIV and AIDS© RIA Novosti / Pavel to Listenpreise the image Bank

Ekaterinburg will become the first city of Russia, acceded to the Paris Declaration on combating HIV and AIDS, said on Friday the Department of information policy of the Sverdlovsk region.

The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said earlier that Russia, Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ekaterinburg are in the lead in Russia on number of HIV and AIDS.

«Yekaterinburg will become the first city of Russia, acceded to the Paris Declaration, which aims to counter the spread of HIV in large cities. This initiative was announced today by the head of Ekaterinburg Alexander Vysokinskiy», — stated in the message.

The Declaration, initiated by the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), already signed by more than 250 Metropolitan areas and agglomerations. The objective of the Declaration is to achieve significant progress in combating the spread of HIV infection. Among the signatories of the Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bordeaux, Almaty, Geneva, Vienna, Berlin, Melbourne, Casablanca, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Miami, San Francisco, Washington, Bangkok, Melbourne, Delhi and others.

«AIDS is the flip side of big city life. In order to deal with this problem in the first place, you need to understand: are we talking about this, we are doing, we are examining people who are reaching new levels of supply of medicines», – are reported words of the head of Ekaterinburg.

Commitments under the Paris Declaration includes targets «90-90-90 target», which means that at least 90% of people living with HIV should know their HIV status; 90% of people who know about their positive HIV status, should receive antiretroviral treatment; and not less than 90% of the people receiving treatment should have have a suppressed viral load, which will enable them to live a full life and reduce the risk of HIV transmission, said the Department.

Two years ago, in November 2016 the health Department of the administration of Yekaterinburg announced that the city had registered 26,693 thousand cases of HIV infection. It was 1826 people per 100 thousand inhabitants, that is, 1.8% of the population of the metropolis.