EHRA statement: HIV2020

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) supports the HIV2020 Conference in Mexico City, which will be held July 6-8, 2020.

We want to recall, that against the recommendations of community advocates worldwide, including the national networks of people living with HIV in the U.S., the International AIDS Society (IAS) chose the U.S. as the site for its next International AIDS Conference in 2020. This decision creates a dilemma for many in the global HIV movement.

An alliance of global key population-led networks, networks of people living with HIV, treatment activists has formed to organize an alternative international Conference – HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response. Event is scheduled to take place in Mexico City, July 6-8, 2020. This community-led event is going to provide a safe alternative for individuals who cannot or will not enter the U.S. in 2020 or who cannot afford to attend AIDS2020. It will also offer new opportunities to reaffirm the leading role communities play in the global HIV response.

The event will focus on presentations and debates that are important to showcase the work and research conducted by people living with HIV. This will guarantee that our voice will be heard all over the world, including the U.S.

For EHRA it is important to make the voice of the EECA communities to be heard on such an important global arena without additional travel barriers.