Members of parliament from countries worldwide called for firm action towards ending the global AIDS epidemic on 15 October in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.
The members of parliament have gathered in Saint Petersburg for the 137th Assembly of the International Parliamentary Union, which is being held from 14 to 19 October.
The discussion, during a session entitled Ending AIDS through Sexual and Reproductive Health: the Need for Urgent Parliamentary Action, was focused on the rights of key populations, access to treatment, gender equality, addressing cultural barriers and the need for greater investment in the response to HIV.
Members of parliament debated the issues of legal support to HIV prevention and harm reduction initiatives. They put their voices behind creating an enabling legal environment for responding to the epidemic, but stressed the need to tailor the response by focusing on specific issues that vary from country to country and region to region.