Mayor of London Sadiq Khan vows to eradicate HIV infections in the city less than in 15 years

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Sadiq Khan, Labour Party candidate, speaks on the podium after hearing the results of the London mayoral elections, at City Hall in London, Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has vowed to “end new HIV infections” in London at least by 2030. Mr Khan made the pledge as he signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending the AIDS Epidemic, vowing to cut rates of new HIV infection and to tackle the discrimination and stigma against people due to their HIV status. The Mayor signed up along with top health officials across the UK. In 2016, an estimated 38,700 people were living with HIV in London, which represents 43 per cent of all people living with HIV in England. The population groups most affected by HIV are gay and bisexual men, and people of black African heritage. London is only the third city to meet the targets, joining Amsterdam and Melbourne. However, the needs of people living with HIV in London are changing and becoming more complex.

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