New U.N. Declaration on HIV and AIDS Recognizes Cervical Cancer Link

Posted by On July 11, 2016
Women living with HIV are particularly vulnerable to cervical cancer, and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon works to ensure that women who survive an HIV diagnosis do not die of cervical cancer. The linkages between the two diseases are reflected in Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s partnerships UNAIDS and PEPFAR were founding partners in 2011—and in our activities; our cervical cancer screening and treatment efforts harness the PEPFAR infrastructure in many locations, and are targeted in countries where HIV prevalence is high.

The new Political Declaration’s language on cervical cancer is the first of its kind since the United Nations began issuing such declarations in 2001. Screening and treatment for cervical cancer is cited among the integrated health services that “guarantee the sustainability of HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services, information and education.”

Celina at UN side event
Celina Schocken, CEO of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, on a panel at a side-event of the UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.
Further, to “fast-track” the global response to HIV and AIDS, the document committed member states to work toward delivering more integrated services to address HIV alongside cervical cancer and other health issues, in the pursuit of universal health coverage.

The Political Declaration was adopted during the United Nation’s High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon CEO Celina Schocken was a speaker at a side-event that preceded the High-Level Meeting. On a panel titled “Transforming Partnerships for Ending AIDS – Innovation and Financing,” Celina described Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s work with the HIV community to overcome the stigma around cancers, and the value of providing multiple health services to women in one setting.

Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon applauds United Nations member states for their recognition of the role of cervical cancer prevention and treatment in supporting the agenda to end HIV and AIDS.