Last week, in Lima, Peru, was conducted the National Consultation on Combination HIV Prevention. An approach in this topic must include two or more elements of prevention in order to achieve an effective response against the HIV epidemic. In this way, countries should carry out actions and tactics of different kinds enabling the incorporation strategies for the eradication of the virus.
The first priority of UNAIDS is to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support regarding HIV. That is why this national consultation was so important.
There are more than 7,400 new HIV infections every day in the world, and UNAIDS is totally convinced that the only way to stop this pandemic is through prevention. Therefore, this United Nations’ agency defends and supports comprehensive approaches to HIV prevention through combination strategies.
Among these combination prevention strategies are condoms along with other elements such as access to accurate information on HIV and AIDS, universal access to treatment, harm reduction mechanisms, delay in the sexual activity, fidelity, reduction of sexual partners and casual relationships, male circumcision, the defense of human rights, and the reduction of stigma and discrimination.
Countries should use strategies and methods available based on effectiveness and ensure the protection of human rights, as indicated in the latest edition of the report on the global AIDS epidemic, prepared by UNAIDS.
UNAIDS works together with partners of the Government and of civil society, including networks of people with HIV, the private sector, religious groups and others, to help countries to achieve universal access to comprehensive prevention, treatment, care and support services related to HIV.