Mayor's Message

“Today there are many good reasons for joy and hope. For example, the life expectancy of people living with HIV has steadily increased in recent years. While there has been no cure or vaccine yet, the drastic side effects of available medications have diminished, and antiretroviral therapy has been very successful. Today, when HIV is treated with drugs that prevent people from having AIDS, the disease, which was once necessarily fatal, is now more chronic.

For all our confidence and joy, we must not forget today that enlightenment is still one of the most urgent tasks. The following generations must also know that HIV is still one of the most insidious infectious diseases and is deadly without the treatment with drugs. At the same time, it is important to combat the stigma associated with HIV / AIDS.”

Michael Müller
Mayor of Berlin

Community Leadership Messages

“During this past year, we have seen the inception of Berlin’s policies and the communities’ commitment to mobilize under the Fast-Track Cities initiative. We do not have a moment to lose, especially regarding the scale-up of the first two 90 targets and stigma reduction. We urgently need full implementation of the promised PrEP scale-up, and the initiation of comprehensive HIV prevention and care for unregistered migrants and prisoners. Collaboration of all stakeholders is key to success.”

Dr. Heiko Jessen
Physician Specialist in General Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Infectious Disease

“Only an educated, respectful and accepting society, in which people living with HIV are integrated, can face the challenges of HIV successfully. We will fight the stigma, we will promote HIV testing and we will end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.”

Björn Beck
Health Advisor
Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe

“The biggest obstacle that people encounter on their way to getting tested is HIV-related stigma. People who know that they’ll be discriminated against—ostracized—when they are HIV-positive, they don’t want to get tested. If we want testing to be appealing, we must fight against discrimination.”

Holger Wicht
Press Officer
Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe

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