A Call for urgent action in response to rapidly expanding HIV epidemics among gay men, other men who have sex with men and trans people in newer EU member states and enlargement countries
In 2008, civil society organizations from 33 countries in Europe and Central Asia and six European networks signed ‘The Ljubljana Declaration’, warning that HIV remains a most alarming health threat among gay men and other men who have sex with men across the European continent and making a series of suggestions for actions to improve gay sexual health and well-being.
Today, a decade later, a staggering 300% rise in new HIV diagnoses among gay men and other men who have sex with men shows that our warnings in the Declaration were largely ignored and now have come true across thirteen newer EU member states - Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia - and six EU enlargement countries - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. Those are the countries this Declaration focuses on today, yet HIV epidemics continue to be a source of concern to us in almost all European countries.
The Ljubljana Declaration 2.0 – written by European networks and organizations working in the field of HIV and LGBTI - is a call for urgent action calling upon governments, the European Commission and the UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to live up to their commitments and leave no one behind.
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