UK-based pharmaceutical company ViiV Healthcare and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) have partnered to focus on 16 HIV prevalent cities from across the globe participating in Fast-Track Cities.

Launched on World AIDS Day 2014 in Paris, the Fast-Track Cities initiative focuses on accelerating responses in high HIV burden cities around the world.

The collaboration will help advance the aims of the Fast-Track Cities to build upon and boost, as well as better their existing HIV programmes and resources.

IAPAC president / CEO José M. Zuniga said: "ViiV Healthcare will provide crucial support by helping us meet our objective of generating critical HIV care continuum data in 16 Fast-Track Cities that they can utilise to fast-track their local AIDS responses, and attain the 90-90-90 and zero discrimination and stigma targets.

"Our collaboration with ViiV Healthcare is an important means of maximising resources by leveraging rich experience and skills with the aim of achieving our collective goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030."

The partnership between ViiV Healthcare and IAPAC lays importance on the generation and analysis, as well as dissemination of information across the patient care pathway.

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"With this partnership, ViiV Healthcare is proud to contribute to the increased understanding of the HIV epidemic and effective interventions across the care continuum."

Known as HIV care continuum, the patient care pathway that ranges from infection and diagnosis along with treatment and care, to the result of a suppressed viral load in patients, to achieve the therapeutic and preventative uses of Antiretroviral therapy (ART).

ViiV Healthcare CEO Dominique Limet said: "With this partnership, ViiV Healthcare is proud to contribute to the increased understanding of the HIV epidemic and effective interventions across the care continuum.

"There are still many gaps in our knowledge and understanding of how best to address the rapidly evolving HIV epidemic."

The 16 participating Fast-Track Cities include Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Bucharest, Durban, Dar es Salaam, Denver, Geneva, Kingston, Nairobi, Paris, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, and San Francisco.

Image: HIV collecting on the surface of an infected macrophage. Photo: courtesy of Liza Gross / © 2006 Public Library of Science.