HIV and COVID-19
With COVID-19 putting a strain on health systems and limiting capacity, one of the topics for discussion was how to ensure HIV and AIDS remain at the top of the agenda for policymakers.
Although it was acknowledged as a significant challenge, the panel believed through advocacy, collaboration and defined goals, progress towards the 4th 90 can be made, even in these tough times.
John F. Ryan, Director of Public Health, Country Knowledge and Crisis Management for the European Commission (EC) wasn’t available to attend the live event but contributed a video statement that outlined the EC’s continuing commitment to this progress.
“We have committed to helping the member states reach their efforts to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.”
In addition to working to improve diagnosis and access to treatment for all people living with HIV in Europe, John F. Ryan emphasised the European Commission’s willingness to collaborate with and learn from other agencies and groups, to promote best practice and to support patient-centric initiatives.
Improving and sustaining quality of life not only impacts the wellbeing of individuals, it also helps to change global perceptions of what it means to live with HIV today. Incorporating the views of people living with HIV is essential to realizing effective change.
ViiV Healthcare will to continue to work to elevate the voices of people living with HIV in Europe and worldwide to ensure their needs are at the centre of the HIV response.
“I call for EU-wide action to improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV and to keep HIV at the forefront of decision making.”
- Okoli C, Corbelli GM, Brough G, Van de Velde N, de los Rios P. Self-care and involvement in managed care among people living with HIV in Europe. Poster P033 Presented at the HIV Glasgow 2020 Congress, October 5 - 8 2020.