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World Health Assembly

Evidence and human rights should guide public health policies

IAS – the International AIDS Society – calls on United Nations Member States to step up conscious commitment to translating the latest evidence into strategic public health action for HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other public health issues.

In a statement at the seventy-fifth World Health Assembly (WHA), the IAS encouraged a strengthened focus on the importance of policies based on science, evidence and human rights. “Ending HIV as a public health threat will only be possible if States and other key actors commit to upholding human rights for all and provide access to evidence-based HIV services and comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health and rights,” it said.

The IAS commended the strategic grouping of work on HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs within the World Health Organization.

The IAS unites the global HIV response because progress happens when science, policy and activism come together. It pointed out that over the past 40 years, remarkable scientific progress has provided the tools required to tackle the HIV epidemic.