Integrated Strategy for HIV, Hepatitis B and C and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections

Title  page: Strategy to contain HIV, Hepatitis B and C and other sexually transmitted infections

Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), April 2016

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BMG-BMZ Press release, 6 April 2016 (in German)

On 6 April 2016, the Federal Government adopted the new ‘Strategy to contain HIV, Hepatitis B and C and other sexually transmitted infections’. The strategy describes priorities for both the national level and for Germany’s international contributions. It replaces the government’s 2005 HIV strategy and for the first time jointly addresses HIV and other STIs.

The strategy, also called BIS 2030 (‘Bedarfsorientiert, Integriert, Sektorübergreifend’ [English: ‚needs oriented, integrated, multisectoral‘]), was jointly developed by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). By connecting interventions on HIV with those on Hepatitis B and C as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the strategy aims to create synergies in prevention, diagnosis, testing and care for patients.

The document describes developments and challenges in Germany (part 1), the objectives of the strategy (part 2), the areas of intervention (part 4) and international contributions in both Europe and globally (part 5).

At the international level, German Development Cooperation will continue to support access to treatment and social protection for all affected persons. Interventions to fight HIV will be closely linked with sustainable health systems strengthening and support for women’s rights. The strategy takes into account the particular difficulties faced by displaced people, for instance by integrating prevention and protection in local HIV programmes of host and transit countries. In addition to bilateral development programmes, the Federal Government will continue to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The vision is to reach the goal formulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 and to fight Hepatitis and other infectious diseases.

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