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Towards ZERO Together - Protest March on the Occasion of the Intenat. AIDS Conf.

by Redaktie in Scene , 14 July 2018

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During the international Amsterdam AIDS conference, AIDS 2018, thousands of people will demonstrate in solidarity on July 23 to join forces in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Why organize a march? This demonstration is intended to make people aware that AIDS is still a major concern for humanity and a threat to many vulnerable populations in the world.

HIV activists will come to Amsterdam from July 23-27 to fight for a world without AIDS alongside scientists, doctors and social leaders.

The organizers want ZERO barriers to stand in the way of HIV treatment for everyone living with HIV. Inadequate access to healthcare and HIV treatment is still common in large parts of the world. In the Netherlands, everyone living with HIV has access to good care. However, of the thirty-seven million people living with HIV worldwide, only forty percent have access to life-saving medicines. Especially GLBT and intersex people, sex workers, indigenous people, young women, people who use drugs and many more vulnerable populations face additional barriers due to lack of basic human rights to get the care they need.

In some areas people have been cut off from HIV medication because of political situations (for instance in Venezuela) or war. Certain governments and their presidents (Putin, Trump and Duterte) are indifferent to the fight against HIV and AIDS and in particular to the care of people who use drugs or members of GLBT and intersex communities. People of colour, migrants and refugees suffer exclusion from laws and failing policies. In the West, not all people have equal access to PEP or PrEP, the crucial prevention tools that can prevent HIV infections.

The marchers fight for ZERO discrimination, persecution and stigmatization of people living with HIV. In addition to unequal access to medicines for HIV treatment and access to health care, people who live with HIV are stigmatized, discriminated against and, in large parts of the world, even prosecuted. This is unacceptable and is based on outdated ideas about HIV.

For example, the fact that people with HIV on a successful therapy regime are unable to transmit HIV is still not widely known to the general public. The knowledge that undetectably equals non-transferable (N = N) is extremely empowering and destigmatizing for people living with HIV, as well as being a powerful tool to end stigmatization and legal persecution.

Come to Amsterdam on the July 23. The Amsterdam AIDS-2018 team behind “Towards ZERO Together” are a consortium of HIV activists, AIDS aid organizations and community action networks. Each and every day, activists and organizations fight to improve lives for those living with HIV or AIDS in all parts of the world.

From 1-4 p.m. on July 23, the marchers will walk from the Amstelveld to Amsterdam RAI. Together they will be heading towards ZERO and show our diversity and the many messages we need to convey. It will be for visibility, the fight against stigmatization and discrimination, and in support of all the issues with which they want to represent our groups, parts of the world, ethnic groups and communities. Also, they celebrate the knowledge that people living with HIV and have an undetectable viral load are unable to transmit the HIV virus.

Walk also and connect with thousands of HIV activists from all over the world in the streets of Amsterdam.

 July 23, 2018, from 1-4 pm from Amstelveld to Amsterdam Rai



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