The mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov signed the Paris Declaration and joined the initiative of the mayors of more than 200 major cities around the world to accelerate action to overcome the AIDS epidemic.

As reported the press service of the Odessa city Council, the second party-the agreement was signed by the Director of the United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) in Ukraine Jacek Tishko.

“So Odessa became the second city after Kyiv in Ukraine, which formally expressed its willingness to use international experience in combating dangerous viral diseases,” – noted in the city Council.

During the official ceremony of signing of the document G. Trukhanov told that Odessa was one of the first organized efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Odessa in 2000 became the first city of Ukraine, which implements a new form of cooperation with non-governmental organizations through the Program of the social order . The city is fully provided for BCG vaccinations, medications, specific antiretroviral therapy (ART) and drugs for substitution maintenance therapy.

The signing of the Declaration confirms the intention of the city of Odessa to achieve by 2020 the 90-90-90 targets: 90% of the people who live with HIV know their HIV status; 90% of people who know about their HIV-positive status and receive treatment; 90% of people who get treatment will have a viral load that is not defined.

As of 1 January 2017 in Odessa at the dispensary consist of 11 thousand 313 HIV-infected adult population, including 3888 patients with AIDS. Children – 729, 225 of these were already diagnosed to have HIV infection, and 504 of the child observed in the center AIDS to diagnosis.