In 2019, the Irish government signed the Paris declaration pledging to place all cities on a fast-track to end AIDS by 2030. Currently, Ireland lags behind other EU member states in the 90-90-90 targets. The estimated number of people living with HIV in Ireland is between 8000 and 10,000. Measures to improve access to HIV and sexual health services, peer group support, ending HIV stigma by resourcing a U=U campaign (undetectable=untransmittable), removing barriers to PrEP access, reviewing legislation around the purchase of sex, and harm reduction measures to drug use are all included in the manifesto.
In summary, HIV Ireland calls upon the Irish government to:
- Deliver on the commitment to end new HIV transmissions by 2030.
- Develop and deliver a new national sexual health strategy.
- Deliver on the Fast-Track Cities target to achieve zero HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
- Invest in public health and fully fund HIV services to meet the needs of all communities.
- Deliver on the statutory commitment to review the legislation that criminalises the purchase of sex.
- Develop and resource early harm reduction interventions for those engaged in chem sex.
- End the discriminatory 12-month deferral period on blood donations for gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men.
- Resource locally accessible peer support services for people living with HIV.
Executive Director of HIV Ireland Mr Stephen O’Hare said, “Every candidate standing in this election should be prepared to state publicly how, as an elected representative, they will use their platform to speak up and act to ensure an end to new HIV transmissions, to combat stigma, and to support evidence-based measures that promote positivity and well-being, including for people living with HIV across Ireland.”