With the upcoming federal elections, community-based organizations across Canada are asking representatives of each major party to sign declarations affirming their commitment to important actions related to HIV, HCV, and other STBBIs.
The declaration is asking the parties to affirm their commitment to end HIV and HCV in Canada by:
- Ensuring that people living with HIV, people with lived experience of hepatitis C and others with lived experiences are involved in significant roles in the Government of Canada’s response to HIV/AIDS and STBBIs in Canada and abroad.
- Reaffirming the commitment of Canada to the UNAIDS objectives for the elimination of HIV by 2030 (95-95-95) and to the elimination of HCV by 2030, while affirming the importance of prevention and the quality of life of people living with HIV.
- Ensuring the sustainability of the front line community-based response to HIV, HCV and STBBIs through the stability and growth of the Community Action Fund and other such funding initiatives.
- Democratizing access to testing for HIV, HCV and other STBBIs by encouraging the development and market availability of testing technologies, including point-of-care tests, dried blood spot tests and self-tests, developed in Canada.
- Ensuring that the Government of Canada not create barriers to the provinces’ harm reduction and overdose prevention-based public health interventions, in recognition of harm reduction as one of the four pillars of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy.
The full package describing the context of these engagements along with the declarations the candidates are asked to sign can be found here.