Continuing Commitment Needed in Fight Against HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS Executive Director Piot Says in Reuters Interview
May 25, 2006
UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot in a Reuters interview published Tuesday said that a "long-term commitment" is needed in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. "We need to move from crisis management ... to a long-term commitment," Piot said, adding, "We are in this for the long haul. Not as an institution but as an issue." According to Piot, one of the major achievements of the past decade has been putting HIV/AIDS on the "mainstream" agenda. Redefining the issue of HIV/AIDS as a threat to economic and social development and not solely as a disease has played an important role in moving forward, according to Piot. "We are moving into a new era in the response to [HIV/]AIDS," Piot said, adding, "We have political momentum, financial momentum and a momentum of results." Piot said addressing sexual violence, inequality between the sexes and homophobia -- issues that have fueled the pandemic -- also is essential to curbing HIV/AIDS in the long term (Reaney, Reuters, 5/23).
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