Bacolod signs HIV/AIDS declaration

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League of Cities of the Philippines national president and Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia signed the Fast Track Cities Declaration which aims to intensify response to the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic.

By signing the declaration, Leonardia strengthened the cities’ commitment and continued partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

This also makes Bacolod as the first city in Western Visayas to sign the declaration thereby leading the way for more cities to follow suit.

The UNAIDS-backed Fast Track Cities Initiative was launched in 2014 with Mayors from Paris, London, and Washington DC signing Declaration in Paris, France.

Also known as “Fast-Track Cities: Ending the AIDS Epidemic” to achieve the 90-90-90 target, it calls for localized, strategic, and accelerated efforts towards combatting HIV/AIDS.

As of April 2019, there have been 520 HIV diagnoses in Bacolod since 1984.