World AIDS Day (December 1, 2015) [fr]
Statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - December 1, 2015)
On the occasion of World AIDS Day, France expresses its solidarity with the 37 million people around the world living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
France is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and has helped 8.1 million people benefit from antiretroviral therapy. We are the leading contributor to UNITAID which contributes to this progress by accelerating the availability of more appropriate and less costly solutions for preventing, diagnosing and combatting the infection. In France itself, we make PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) available to individuals at very high risk of contracting HIV – which constitutes an unprecedented step in Europe.
Within the multilateral forums, France supports an approach that is attentive to the needs of key populations, notably within the framework of the 2016-2021 UNAIDS strategy which strives to focus its actions as much as possible on the territories and populations that are most at risk. Through the “5% Initiative” and Global Fund grants, France provides €7 million in aid to support innovative projects focusing on prevention, screening, treatment for young people and efforts to combat stigma in French-speaking countries.