Fast Track Cardiff &Vale is working with partners in Cardiff and across Wales to bring the Fast Track Cities initiative to the Welsh capital.
The Fast Track Cities initiative (FTC) is a global partnership whose core partners include the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Since 2014 the network has grown to more than 300 cities and municipalities that are committed to attain the UNAIDS 90/90/90 targets:
• 90% of all people living with HIV diagnosed
• 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV being on treatment
• 90% of all people on treatment having undetectable, un-transmittable viral load.
Achieving zero stigma is now a fourth target and attainment of the targets is seen as as the starting point towards zero new infections and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Furthermore, many cities which have reached 90/90/90 are now aiming for the UNAIDS target of zero new transmissions by 2030.
Currently there are more than 300 FTCs across the globe, with six in the UK (Glasgow, Brighton, London, Manchester, Liverpool and most recently Bristol). Every UK city that has adopted the FTC initiative has seen a substantial decline in new HIV diagnoses.
Working as a Fast Track City gives us a chance to share expertise and see how others are reducing late diagnoses, sharpening their data and tackling stigma. It also enables us to judge what is cost effective and appropriate for our situation.
This initiative could benefit not only Cardiff & Vale, but potentially work across Wales through other key cities with HIV services. Others with potential to become Fast Track Cities include Newport, Swansea, Wrexham and Bangor.
This approach to Fast Track co-ordinated countries works best with relatively small countries and we believe could work for Wales – Fast Track Cardiff & Vale could become Fast Track Wales over time, depending on interest from other cities and on appropriate support for coordination.
Fast Track Cardiff & Vale is managed by a Steering Group from its key stakeholders (see The Team) and has a part-time Development Worker through its host charity, Pride Cymru. Currently they meet monthly to progress collaborative working. Following the formal sign up to Fast Track Cities in October 2020 a Leadership Group of senior stakeholders from local authorities, the Health Board, public health and the community will oversee this work.
AIMS and PRIORITY AREAS
Our aims and priority areas of work, based on evidence of need, are:
- Improved, timely data on HIV in Wales with a focus on both the UNAIDS targets and the frequency and characteristics of those diagnosed with HIV
- Increased access to and uptake of HIV testing in all possible formats and settings with a specific view to reducing late diagnoses and preventing onward transmission
- Tackling stigma and HIV misinformation to ensure people working in healthcare, the wider community and those at risk are aware of key messages including the benefits of early diagnosis, treatment and prevention
Check our Research and Evaluation Strategy to find out more about our three areas of work on DATA, TESTING, and STIGMA.
Fast Track Cardiff & Vale currently receives unrestricted funding from Gilead Sciences Inc.
In November 2020 we published the results of our Getting to Zero Survey. You can read the full report here.
In November 2019 we published a report: Bringing Fast Track Cities to Cardiff & Vale and to Wales. You can read the full report here.